THE world famous paddle steamer Waverley is on course to make a triumphant return to Clyde cruising next summer after the appeal fund to save her topped £2 million.

Members of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society say they are overjoyed after the landmark total was reached after just four months.

Donations are continuing to flow in today from well-wishers and lovers of the iconic ship.

Waverley's entire 2019 season of sailings had to be scrapped after it emerged that her broken boilers were beyond repair.

It had been feared that the 72-year-old vessel may never sail again but she is now set to be given a new lease of life with brand new units to ensure she continues to run for decades to come.

Thousands of people who have unforgettable memories of pleasure trips on the legendary ship have rushed to her aid in her hour of need to ensure her survival.

The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society [PSPS] said: "The running total for Waverley's Boiler Refit Appeal has now passed the £2 million milestone thanks to the continued generosity of PSPS members and many other individuals.

"Since the appeal was officially launched in June donations have been received from over 7,500 individuals.

"Along with £1 million of support from the Scottish Government, several trusts and foundations have also contributed to take the total raised so far to within £300,000 of the £2.3 million target."

The group described it as a 'fantastic result in just a few months'.

Donations can be made to the appeal at or by calling 0141 243 2224 or by texting STEAM £20 to 70085.