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Take in the view from last sea-going paddle steamer, The Waverley
1:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
THE Waverley, the only remaining sea-going paddle steamer in the world, will sail from Swanage Pier throughout September.
It will undertake a number of pleasure cruises, despite the Victorian pier being damaged in gale force seas earlier this year.
Waverley’s captain Andy O’Brian said: “There’s no better way to spend the day than relaxing on deck and watching the spectacular scenery slip by.
“The trips offer the chance to view parts of our unique coastline from a different perspective.
“We look forward to welcoming our regular passengers onboard from Swanage as well as seeing some new faces.”
The Waverley was built on the River Clyde in 1947 and is now operated on a charitable basis by Waverley Steam Navigation Co Ltd.
A major restoration project on the vessel has recently finished, returning the ship to its original 1940s style.
A company spokesman explained: “The Waverley has excellent onboard facilities including a restaurant serving hot and cold snacks, two bars, heated lounges, steam engines and a souvenir shop.
“Originally built to sail only between Craigendoran & Arrochar in Scotland, Waverley now sails right around Britain offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, south coast of England and the Bristol Channel.”
Sailings from Swanage, continuing until September 26, take in Bournemouth, Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast.
Visit waverleyexcursions.co.uk or call 0845 130 4647 for tickets and information.
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