As a steamship I was hoping that she would at least use her whistle, but all I saw was a puff of smoke and she started to back away from the quayside at the appointed time. I don’t know how maneuverable she is, those twin paddle wheels may give her the ability to rotate about her axis.
Like Shieldhall, she is a real ship. There are no balcony cabins or chrome and glass, instead she was built to ply her trade, and as such is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.
She is rated to carry over 925 passengers in “Class V waters”, and, given her popularity is probably very crowded when full.
She is actually quite sleek and has very nice lines, and the paddle boxes blend in quite well with her hull. I could not really judge how full she was though, because she does seem to have quite a large saloon below deck.
At some point Waverley started to sail from berth 49 and on the 21st I was able to see her alongside from a bit closer. Sadly though, the weather was grey and gloomy so it was not great photography at all. However, I did manage one image which is what I was after originally. From left to right: Calshot, Calshot Spit Light vessel, Waverley and Shieldhall. Arcadia in the background.
I did take some video, but it isn’t really up to much because of the gloomy conditions. I will say one thing though, she does not waste time coming off the wall.
I will see how things go tomorrow and if able will try get to her at the berth, I am very curious about having a look at her from close up. Unfortunately I did not get to her berth, but I did pick her up while I was waiting for an early morning arrival.
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