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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by alasdairmac » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:32 pm

Boarded her at Largs and was told it had been some sort of boiler problem - a big puff of white smoke (or steam?) from her lum and she came to a dead stop. There was a suggestion that she might have to return to Greenock and abandon the cruise. However, they clearly did a quick and good job of fixing it as the rest of the cruise went to plan


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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by riverman » Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:27 pm

A handful of people at Helensburgh on a cold, wet, windy, dreich day for a sail.
Two sailings to go from Helensburgh, Saturday (Cowal Games) :beer: and last sailing Sunday till October.
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Post by riverman » Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:29 pm

At Helensburgh on a dreich day.
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Post by riverman » Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:33 pm

Leaving Helensburgh on a dreich day. :yawn:
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Post by riverman » Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:17 pm

Waverley approaching Helensburgh today with sun, wind, rain, overcast with clear blue skies take your pick.
Next stop Dunoon Cowal Games, Rothesay and Tighnabruich. :)
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Post by riverman » Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:20 pm

At Helensburgh today.
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Post by riverman » Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:22 pm

Powering away from Helensburgh. :|
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Post by riverman » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:30 pm

Waverley's last time at Helensburgh this evening till October. Tomorrow she sets sail for Liverpool and the South.
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Post by riverman » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:33 pm

At Helensburgh this evening.
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Post by riverman » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:37 pm

Waverley at Helensburgh this evening.
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Post by riverman » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:39 pm

Waverley at Helensburgh this evening.
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Post by riverman » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:43 pm

Waverley departs Helensburgh till October. :(
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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by alasdairmac » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:40 pm

Let's hope she has a better start to her voyages down south than she did last year. Weather for her passage down to The Mersey overnight tonight looks not too bad - she's got a tight schedule to keep, departing Liverpool for her first cruise at 09:00 tomorrow morning.

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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by alasdairmac » Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:29 pm

The old girl is tucked up in Avonmouth docks today with her sailings cancelled due to "operational reasons". Weather doesn't look too bad so guess it must be a technical fault. Not good for her piggy bank to lose one of only three days on the Bristol Channel, added to what I think was some bad publicity down there for only making such a short visit in the first place.

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Post by Allan » Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:59 pm

Would appear PS WAVERLEY left Avonmouth 2230hrs Sunday, arriving at Milford Haven 1000hrs this morning.

Departing around midday, she sailed round St Anne’s Head and proceeded west as far as Grassholm Island, renowned for its huge colony of gannets. Circling the island, she then returned to Milford Haven at 1500hrs. This is not shown as part of her published itinerary, so can only assume it may have been a private charter.

An hour later she left Milford Haven, destination Weymouth, to begin the next stage of her schedule excursions the first of which is Wednesday evening.

At time of writing, PS WAVERLEY is about 30 miles west of Newquay, making 14.7 knots - should arrive in Weymouth around noon tomorrow (Tuesday).
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Post by Allan » Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:07 pm

Now I’m confused (again) – PS WAVERLEY rounded Portland Bill Lighthouse at 1145hrs, nice timing to arrive in Weymouth around noon as forecasted – however she then continued due east, heading away from Weymouth, and is currently about 15 miles away from her intended destination, doing 13 knots?
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Post by Allan » Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:10 pm

Got to within 5 miles of Bournemouth Pier, thought she was reversing course, but appears to have been a tight 360 degree turn – still heading for Bournemouth……

….and now moored at Bournemouth Pier.
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Post by alasdairmac » Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:38 pm

Looks like she's on her way back to Weymouth now. Possibly weather conditions making an entrance to her berth at Weymouth difficult? They certainly wouldn't have burned that much extra fuel just for a wee jaunt along the coast! At least she should be there in plenty of time for this evening's cruise from Weymouth

EDIT. wrong!! Her first cruise on the South coast is Wednesday 9th.

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Post by Allan » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:17 pm

Hmm… looks like PS WAVERLEY missed her first cruise. Scheduled for 1730hrs to 2030hrs out of Weymouth - she arrived in the harbour1600hrs yesterday, but hasn’t moved since.
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Post by alasdairmac » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:07 am

Hope she's not having technical problems - her boiler was apparently giving her some trouble before she left for the south. However, she looks to be cruising to schedule this morning

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Post by Allan » Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:30 pm

Concerned about PS WAVERLEY’S movements – their website currently shows only cruises as from tomorrow (Sunday), so can’t verify her intended movements for today (Saturday).

Marine Traffic (although currently not working to best efficiency), seems to imply she ended up in Southampton late Friday, and hasn’t moved since.

Would have thought she would have had at least one sailing today, so is this another case of “missed the boat”? (didn’t intend that pun….sorry!)
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Post by Allan » Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:09 pm

Continuing from last post – again, WAVERLEY’S website has updated, so showing only sailings from Tuesday 15th September – not sure as to her intended itinerary today.

Seems PS WAVERLEY did not move on Saturday. But today (Sunday) left Southampton 0800hrs, visited Yarmouth, Bournemouth, Swanage and Weymouth (1345hrs, depart 1530hrs), then back to Swanage (but bypassed Bournemouth), currently in the Solent and heading into Yarmouth - now (2100hrs) appears to be heading back to Southampton.

Next cruise listed as departing Bournemouth 1915hrs Tuesday 15th September.
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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by Clydebuilt1971 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:55 pm

alasdairmac wrote:Hope she's not having technical problems - her boiler was apparently giving her some trouble before she left for the south. However, she looks to be cruising to schedule this morning
Not sure of any detail but she has two boilers so there is some redundancy available should one go tech.

All this cancelling etc etc hurts the pocket and the reputation. There will obviously good reasons for it but concerning nonetheless.

Lets also hope she gets back to the Clyde before the end of November this year!!

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Post by alasdairmac » Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:01 pm

Hi Gav, I see that today's sailings have been cancelled due to high winds; she's still tucked up alongside at the Mayflower Terminal in Southampton. I've not counted, but that must be quite a high cancellation percentage on this foray south so far. As you say, not good for the books.

And like you I hope she's back up for the last weekend - I'm looking forward to it. She's got a whole week to make it back after her last Thames schedule but I think I'll hold off buying my tickets until she is actually on her way and the forecast looks not too bad for the Saturday and Sunday.

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Post by Allan » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:03 am

PS WAVERLEY still tied up at Southampton, website shows next available sailings tomorrow 17th.

Looks a bit ominous – if operating today, would have thought she would be on the move by now.
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Post by alasdairmac » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:48 am

Today's sailing is cancelled due to high winds. That's two days in a row and the latest of several on this Bristol Channel/English Channel season so far. One has to ask the question: is the Channel Coast simply too exposed for the old girl, particularly at this time of year, and are WEL right to risk the financial exposure that this brings?

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Post by Allan » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:53 pm

Your question make sense Alasdair – why incur the costs of sailing empty all the way down there, (knowing you have the same cost to incur to get back up), meanwhile have to stay idle for x number of days hoping the weather improves. A ship sailing empty isn’t earning, a ship moored in port isn’t earning.

Why not head straight for the Thames?

Whilst by any means not a maritime weather expert, seems to me there would be benefit in doing that – would have thought the conditions in that area are more favourable to those of the south coast.
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Post by Allan » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:47 am

Pleased to see her out and about this morning – currently entering Gosport Harbour.

Let’s hope for calm seas and a busy week-end ahead.
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Post by alasdairmac » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:46 am

One can only hope so Allan.

Going straight for the more sheltered waters of the Thames was a thought that I had but that of course entails a no-revenue positioning voyage all the way there and back, and if I remember rightly the cost quoted a couple of years ago for the round trip to the Queen's Jubilee, and one of the reasons they didn't go, was something not much short of £10k in fuel alone. Maybe even a few thousand earned on the way can legitimately be regarded as a partial off-set to that, rather than as profit in its own right? Good luck to her anyway.

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Post by Allan » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:21 pm

I think our argument holds up Alasdair – she will be heading to the Thames anyway, so her “empty” mileage remains the same; but instead of spending two weeks on the south coast, extend her time on the Thames by two weeks.

Don’t know the revenues generated in each area, nor the local running costs – would imagine the latter would be appreciably higher in the Thames area – these factors would need to be taken into account.

But doing this minimises the risk of down-time caused by bad weather. Perhaps a “middle road” would be good – only one week on the south coast – again net revenues might determine where the middle ground is.
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Post by Allan » Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:11 pm

Out and about today, but looks like yesterday (Saturday) spent tied up in Southampton?
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Post by Allan » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:42 pm

As of 1430hrs, PS WAVERLEY still docked at Southampton – another “lost” day?

Her first day’s scheduled sailing on the south coast was Wednesday 9th September, so today would be her fourteenth day there.

Reading the posts in this thread, I reckon the following accounts for those 14 days:-
Rest days 2
Active days 6
Non-active days 6

Given that she only has another two days before moving to the Thames, cannot see how this will have been a profitable couple of weeks.
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Post by Allan » Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:24 pm

Very pleased to see PS WAVERLEY has been able to fully complete her last two days’ activities on the south coast.

She is currently 7 miles south of Brighton maintaining 13 knots on her way round to the Thames, where her first day schedule (tomorrow) is shown as being fully booked.
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Post by Allan » Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:38 pm

Arrived safely at Whitstable at around 0945hrs this morning after her overnight journey from the south coast, and within the hour she was off on her first excursion up the Thames. Current position is the Tilbury Docks area.

Tower Bridge lifts are booked for her today at 1600hrs and 1645hrs, upriver and downriver respectively.
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Post by riverman » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:30 pm

Waverley passes through Tower Bridge at 16.15hrs. this afternoon with a good crowd on board thanks to Allan for the times taken from the webcam. :wave:
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Post by riverman » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:54 pm

Just missed her going downriver :(
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Post by Allan » Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:04 pm

Well "caught" Paul - afraid I missed both the live events!

One more tonight, upriver at 2200hrs.

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Post by Allan » Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:25 pm

This evening, back to Gravesend by around 1730hrs, now heading back upriver, position again around Tilbury Docks.
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Post by Allan » Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:27 pm

This evening, passing under Tower Bridge - apologies for quality - (gotta blame the webcam...)
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Post by riverman » Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:33 am

Waverley passing through Tower Bridge this morning assisted by the tug SWS BREDA and followed by the sailing barge GLADYS. :D
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Post by Allan » Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:22 pm

Curious about the old girl’s movements today –

Left Gravesend at 0900hrs this morning, sailed out the Thames estuary to a point about 18 miles east of Southend-on-Sea – at approx 1230hrs reversed course, but at around 1500hrs appears to have dropped anchor in the middle of the Thames estuary about 2 miles south of Southend-on-Sea and is still there this evening (1915hrs)?

Checked her position on both ShipAIS and Marine Traffic – they agree.
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Post by Allan » Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:35 pm

Okay, one hour later from last post – PS WAVERLEY still appears to be in the Thames Estuary, position as before (appreciate ShipAIS and Marine Traffic probably have a common source).

Would be good to get some input from other sources -

Come on folks!.........
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Post by riverman » Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:04 pm

Still there at 23.00hrs. :(
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Post by Allan » Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:36 pm

Having spent the night in the middle of the Thames estuary off Southend-on-Sea, PS WAVERLEY appears to have weighed anchor around 1400hrs today, moved about a mile towards the town and is now moored near the RNLI Lifeboat Station, at the end of the pier.

Around 1600hrs, departed and is now heading upriver at a healthy 14 knots.
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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by alasdairmac » Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:11 am

Waverley appears to be having a much more successful season on the Thames than she had on the South Coast. From what I can see she has completed 100% of her scheduled sailings, many of which have been fully booked in advance.

Now for everyone up here to start praying to their favourite rain gods to hold off until after October 18th so that we can get a good last weekend in on the Clyde !

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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by alasdairmac » Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:23 pm

Waverley left Gravesend at noon homeward bound to the Clyde. Weather forecasts look pretty reasonable and so we might expect her back at Pacific Quay Thursday afternoon/evening ready for this coming weekend.

Edit: AIS now showing destination Southampton, eta 08:00 tomorrow, presumably for bunkers. Here's hoping no long weather-related stay there again this year.

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Post by Allan » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:39 am

Arrived Southampton this morning around 0700hrs, tied up for a couple of hours only and is currently in the Solent, doing around 14 knots – destination showing as Glasgow, ETA Thursday morning 0800hrs.
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Post by riverman » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:51 pm

Off the Lizard this evening at 2145 hrs. doing 15.8 knots. :D
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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by alasdairmac » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:09 am

The lure of the Clyde is obviously strong as AIS showed her abeam Aberystwyth a few minutes ago doing 16.2 knots. At this rate it'll be "finished with engines and get the breakfast on" at Pacific Quay tomorrow morning.

And the other good news is that the weather is looking good for Saturday and Sunday. Sunshine with the odd shower, light wind and temperature around 12/13ºC
I'll :beer: to that !

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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by SCameron » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:26 am

As well as being the paddler's last sailing of 2015, Sunday will also be the last day that she will be under the command of Capt Andy O'Brian who will be leaving Waverley Excursions at the end of the month, after 10 years service with the company. Capt O'Brian will be joining the Clyde Pilots. Best wishes to him in this new chapter of his career.

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