CHILDREN are 'making waves' in a bold bid to help save the last ocean-going paddle steamer.

Primary three pupils at St Patrick's in Greenock have been learning all about the history of the world famous Waverley.

They were upset to hear that the future of the iconic vessel is under threat following the discovery of serious problems with its boilers.

Now they have joined a £2.3 million fundraising drive to save her.

They are going on the march with a sponsored walk to pitch in.

Her classmate Joseph McLean added: "I have been on the Waverley before and it was quite cool.

"I want to save the Waverley because I don't want people to be sad because they can't go on it.

"People really love the Waverley and if it goes to waste now them it would let them down."

Class teacher Andrew Hemphill said the children, with help from older pupils, will complete no less than 436 laps of the school pitch.

He said: "They came up with the idea.

"By chance they had been learning about the Waverley so when the news came out recently about the repairs, the children wanted to help."

The children have also organised a stationery sale to raise funds.

Major problems with Waverley's boilers have forced her charity operators to cancel her entire summer cruising season, and the clock is ticking to have her ready for next year.

It is the first time in 207 years — since 1812 — that there has been no paddle steamer operating off the UK's coast.

Earlier this month, enthusiasts and politicians came together at Glasgow's Pacific Quay to mark the official start of fundraising — and celebrate reaching their first £100,000 milestone.