The historic Waverley paddle steamer will return to Plymouth next year following a brief visit to the city in 2023 to test potential docking alongside Mayflower Steps.

The vessel is the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world and predominantly operates on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. However, every year the vessel passages southwards to the Solent passing the Devon & Cornwall coast. 

Earlier in 2023, the Waverly visited Plymouth to explore potential berthing opportunities, supported by the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners. After a successful test dock, the Waverley has announced plans to officially return to the city next year.

For details about her itinerary and cruising dates, visit

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About the Waverley

The Waverley's maiden voyage was on 16th June 1947 after she was built to replace the 1899 Waverley which was sunk by enemy action in May 1940 in Dunkirk. 

She was originally built for the route up Loch Goil and Long Long in West Scotland but, after the end of her working life in 1974, she now operates one of the UK's best-loved tourist attractions, providing trips on the Firth of Clyde. 

  • Length 240ft
  • Beam 58feet
  • Weight 691 tonnes
  • Capacity of c800 passengers

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