Makeover for historic shipmates

Published: 20 Apr 2012 14:30

TWO historic ships are laid up in Greenock together for the first time ever while they are fitted out for the forthcoming sailing season.

shipmates: The Waverley in Garvel dry dock.

The world's last sea-going paddle steamer Waverley and classic cruise ship Balmoral are currently side by side in the Garvel dry dock for work.

This year, the ships are celebrating 200 years of commercial steam navigation, with the anniversary of Henry Bell's Comet which was built in Port Glasgow.

Both vessels are owned and operated by Waverley Excursions Ltd.

Paddle steamer Waverley was built on the River Clyde in 1947.

In 2003, a major restoration project was completed, returning the ship to the original 1940s style in which she was built.

The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society bought the 693 tonne ship in 1974 for £1 to preserve it for the future.

Waverley's sister ship Balmoral was built in 1949 in Southampton and has had many roles in life including a car ferry and a restaurant.

Jump to first paragraph.

Get more stories from our Greenock section

Subscribers Only 19 Apr 2014 10:00 • David Goodwin

Inverclyde MP’s controversial claim over independence polls

INVERCLYDE’S MP has dismissed reports suggesting that Yes Scotland is gaining ground on the pro-union Better Together referendum campaign.

Social:

Subscribers Only 19 Apr 2014 09:00

Tributes paid to Inverclyde pharmacist

A POPULAR Inverclyde pharmacist has passed away at the age of 82 after a long illness.

Social:

Subscribers Only 19 Apr 2014 08:30

Elaine trial hears of ‘horrible coincidence’

THE Elaine Doyle murder trial has heard of a ‘horrible coincidence’ which meant that no one noticed the tragic teenager had not come home on the night of her death.

Social:

Subscribers Only 19 Apr 2014 08:00 • Matt Meade

Sheriff refers to Pistorius trial in Greenock couple's domestic dispute hearing

A SHERIFF shocked a courtroom by referring to the Oscar Pistorius trial upon hearing about a Greenock couple’s domestic dispute.

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 15:00 • Rosemary Lowne

Man triumphs in Greenock cafe's godzilla burger challenge

A GREENOCK offshore worker has conquered the famous Greenock godzilla burger — but says he felt like crying after devouring it.

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 13:00

News in brief: Friday 18 April

A round-up of news from across the area...

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 13:00 • Rosemary Lowne

Green for go at Lady Alice Bowling Club

IT was green for go at Lady Alice Bowling Club as members gathered for its open day.

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 13:00 • David Goodwin

Councillor increase in Inverclyde rejected

A PROPOSAL to increase the number of Inverclyde councillors from 20 to 22 at the next local government elections has been unanimously rejected.

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 13:00

Eggs-cellent hats display from Greenock nursery kids

EASTER excitement reached fever pitch at a local nursery as the little ones took part in a bonnet competition.

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 12:30 • Eric Baxter

No-one is found for £75k RI role role

THE body charged with regenerating Inverclyde has failed to find a new boss to spearhead an ambitious plan which kicked off at the start of this month.

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 11:30 • Rosemary Lowne

Jobs lost as Greenock shop closes

FOUR jobs have been lost following the closure of a Greenock town centre shop.

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 11:30 • Paul John Coulter

Inverclyde is second worst in UK for life expectancy

LIFE expectancy figures for Inverclyde are the second-worst in the UK, bleak new government statistics have revealed.

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 11:30

Prisoners evacuated after fire breaks out at Greenock jail

PRISONERS were evacuated from Greenock jail after fire broke out in a cell last night.

Social:

Subscribers Only 18 Apr 2014 11:00

Elaine’s brother: I did not kill her

THE brother of Elaine Doyle was yesterday forced to deny courtroom suggestions that he was the person who had killed the teenager.

Social:

Subscribers Only 17 Apr 2014 15:00 • Rosemary Lowne

Greenock bakery's biscuit triumphs in national competition

A GREENOCK bakery’s sweet treat took the biscuit as it triumphed at a major competition.

Social:

Subscribers Only 17 Apr 2014 14:00

News in brief: Thursday 17 April

A round-up of news from across the area...

Social:

Subscribers Only 17 Apr 2014 14:00

Fair play to fundraising pupils at Ardgowan

ARDGOWAN Primary recently held a fair trade coffee morning to raise funds for the school.

Social:

Subscribers Only 17 Apr 2014 13:30 • David Goodwin

Councillors will not nominate new director to Beacon board

CONCERNED councillors have agreed to not make any fresh appointment to The Beacon board as bosses try to get the troubled £10m centre back on track.

Social:

Subscribers Only 17 Apr 2014 13:00 • Rosemary Lowne

Inverclyde skaters delighted after triumphing at national competitions

SUPER skaters have glided to success in competitions throughout the UK.

Social:

Subscribers Only 17 Apr 2014 13:00 • Eric Baxter

150 Inverclyde students left uncertain over future of sports courses

MORE than a hundred Inverclyde sports students say they have been left ‘in limbo’ over next year’s courses.

Social: