THE world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, the Waverley is set to return to Southend later this year and has announced dates for cruises from the pier.
The paddle steamer returns from Friday September 22 and has announced a number of cruises for the thousands of people who look forward to sailing around the coastline on this remarkable ship each year.
The Waverley will be offering sailings from Southend Pier, up the River Thames to Tower Bridge, the Maunsell Forts, Clacton, Gravesend and both a River Blackwater cruise and a River Medway cruise.
A highlight of this year’s programme will see the Waverley taking centre stage in an Historic Ships Parade on Saturday September 30, where it will link up with several other historic vessels including Steam Tug Challenge, X-Pilot, Vic 96 and Touchstone.
Waverley will cruise out to the Knock John and the Shivering Sands Forts giving close up views of these impressive structures.
The popular sailings under Tower Bridge are also a frequent feature on the timetable.
On Sunday, September 24 and Saturday, October 7, Waverley will cruise up the river Medway to view the Paddle Steamer Medway Queen at her berth in Gillingham.
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