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Sorry – Seems my “Commentator’s Curse” just took out the Waverley

Looks like I jinxed something else by giving it an early mention.

By chance, I was passing the Science Centre for the first time in ages, and noticed the PS Waverley berthed there, and gave it a little mention.

Tonight, I read that the paddle steamer will NOT sail in 2019 due the condition of the boilers, which need to be replaced.

While it’s no great surprise that this position has been reached, the news has come quite suddenly.

I almost feel as if I ‘double jinxed’ the poor old paddler, as I was thinking it really was time I stepped on board and had a sail, maybe just the shortest/cheapest one, since I’d never really had the opportunity in the past, being too busy driving to all the (local) destinations concerned.

Priced off the road, I find myself looking at other options.

Of course, a ‘Save the Waverley‘ campaign is being launched to ensure she sails in 2020.

Iconic paddle steamer the Waverley has been withdrawn from service for 2019.

Waverley Excursions Ltd, who organise trips on the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, have posted on their website that it urgently needs new boilers or she will never sail again.

A statement reads: “Waverley Excursions Ltd deeply regrets to inform our customers and loyal supporters that Paddle Steamer Waverley will not operate in 2019.

“As part of the winter maintenance programme we have been undertaking boiler works. Unfortunately, after extensive consultation and investigation it is now conclusive that the ship’s boilers require replacement.

“We immediately face a significant challenge to raise the required funds to reboiler Waverley and return her to service.”

The registered charity which owns the Waverley will be shortly launching an appeal to ‘Save the Waverley’ and ensure she sails again in 2020.

Waverley paddle steamer withdrawn from service for 2019

The Waverley paddle steamer has been withdrawn from service for the first time in 45 years due to mechanical problems.

Work on the 73-year-old ship’s boilers has been ongoing since February.

It was hoped repairs could be carried out in time for the launch of its summer sailings from the River Clyde in Glasgow.

But now the operators have announced that the boilers must be replaced if the ship is to sail again in 2020.

Waverley Excursions general manager Paul Semple said: “The whole Waverley team is deeply disappointed that we are unable to repair the ship’s boilers and operate this season despite every effort being made to overcome the challenges presented.

“I know first-hand the fondness that the general public have for Waverley and I know this news will be disappointing for the tens of thousands of passengers who would have sailed with us this year around the UK.”

Waverley paddle steamer ‘will not sail in 2019’

The famous Waverley Paddle Steamer will not operate its annual sailings for the first time in 45 years.

The boat has been taken out of service due to ongoing boiler issues.

It has been concluded the boilers must be replaced if the Waverly is to sail again in 2020.

Waverley Paddle Steamer cancels all sailings for the year

As seen a few evenings ago…

The Waverley was built in 1946 and is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

PS Waverley Science Centre Glasgow Tower TS Queen Mary

PS Waverley Science Centre Glasgow Tower TS Queen Mary


This article, a few days later.

An appeal is being launched to help fund vital works which must be done to the berth for the PS Waverley, which sits at the Glasgow Science Centre.

Now, the folks at Waverley Excursions have announced they are launching an appeal to help save the paddle steamer, with work estimated to cost over £108,000 in total.

Appeal launched to save PS Waverley’s home at the Glasgow Science Centre

10/05/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Maritime, photography, Transport | | Leave a comment

Tempted fate with Dippy – failed!

I made a mistake the other day, when I anticipated catching the dismantling of Dippy.

I got knocked out of circulation a few hours later, and couldn’t get back.

Extremely ticked off by things out of my control, I dragged myself there on the last planned day of the teardown, just to see if there was anything left to see.

Not much, just the display stand. All the rest had been efficiently removed.

They did say they would be finished by the 10th, and it seems they were.

Oh well – that’s what I get for planning to be there.

One pic, which I thought I’d play with.

Dippy clearance

Dippy clearance

Since pics taken from the balcony inevitably suffer perspective distortion, but it’s not really noticeable, I thought I’d try correcting the verticals, just to see if it looked better.

Dippy clearance corrected

Dippy clearance corrected

Since this wasn’t preplanned, I didn’y have the extra shots to fill in the black spaces, so this was really ‘Just for fun’.

10/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , | Leave a comment

Boom Boom Bentley in Dumbarton Road

I wonder if the very swish looking lady who parked this brand new Bentley Continental GT in Dumbarton Road spotted anything as she was leaving?

One spark, and…?

Dumbarton Road Bentley Continental GT

Dumbarton Road Bentley Continental GT

I spotted an ‘Old Friend’ as I processed the pic – look in the bottom left corner.

Almost following me around Glasgow, this woman usually has a can of lighter gas shoved in her face (as caught in this pic) as she sits in various streets around Glasgow.

I’ve even posted about being on a bus where the driver stopped the bus and threw her off, after spotting her sniffing away, although she tries to hide under a mass of hair and her hood.

10/05/2019 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Slum landlord revealed in Partick

Can only hope the resident(s) found somewhere better after the old place was condemned.

Partick Slum

Partick Slum

10/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Stay Up All Night Night

10 May is Stay Up All Night Night.

For one day of the year, you can stay up in unison as hundreds of people across the world celebrate Stay Up All Night Night!

Whatever happens, the rule is simple: no sleep until morning!

Staying up all night is hardly a new concept. People such as medical professionals have been staying up all night to do their jobs for hundreds of years, with countless people’s lives depending on whether they would have their wits about them in the small hours. Today, many other jobs require work to be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the United States, an estimated 26% of the population works nights, so it’s not uncommon.

What you may not be aware of are the potential risks to your health it can bring, from sleep disturbances to obesity, from fatigue to depression, and from cardiovascular disease to fertility problems, to name but a few. Imagine just how hard it might be to concentrate on a complex medical procedure in the middle of the night/

Stay Up All Night Night was created to help those who don’t have to stay up all night to do their jobs get some understanding into how much effort actually goes into that.

The best way to celebrate this night is to stay up all night. Of course, you don’t have to make a point of trying to work through the night, as it could be difficult for someone who doesn’t do this regularly to focus. It’s enough that you try to stay awake through the night, whatever you might try to do.

Basically, you can do anything , but consuming alcohol could be very counterproductive, as it tends to make people sleepy.

I won’t be bothering with this one, as I have enough insomnia to render this ‘challenge’ futile.

I also REALLY don’t like not getting any sleep at all during any night – since I don’t get much, I like to make sure I get whatever my brain wants, and I like the ‘punctuation’ of even a short period of sleep, as it mark the end of one day, and the start of the next.

I only ever did one genuine two-day work stint, when a huge programmable controller in a factory that giant pipes for offshore use threw a wobbly.

I can’t even remember if we fixed the thing after all that!

It’s also a bit weird reading the list of problems which ‘Staying up all night’ supposedly brings.

I’ve done it to varying degrees all my life, and have yet to experience even one of those listed.

I don’t even bother reading article that advice on ‘minimum sleep hours’ I should get every night – it’s a complete waste of my time. I’d be dead by now if they were right, as they usually also tell how much your life is shortened  by each lost hour of sleep from their ‘ideal’.

Not sure if that’s a ‘good thing’ or a ‘bad thing’ though.

I suppose only time will tell.


10/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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