Famous Waverley paddle steamer steams into Swanage Pier

THE world’s last seagoing paddle steamer is in Swanage today (Wednesday).

PS Waverley is off the Dorset coast as it makes the journey from south of Glasgow to the Isle of Wight.

For the next three weeks, Waverley will be offering a variety of cruises along the south coast and round the Isle of Wight.

Captain Dominic McCall, at the helm of the paddle steamer, said: “The entire crew and I are eagerly anticipating the south coast and Isle of Wight sailings.

“The overwhelming success of our 2022 cruises, and the tremendous support we’ve received from both passengers and local communities fuel our enthusiasm to keep Waverley sailing.

“We can’t wait to share the magic of Waverley with everyone once again.”

Waverley’s first sailing from Southampton, Portsmouth and Yarmouth will take place on Friday (September 1), with a sailing to the Needles Rocks & Lighthouse and into Freshwater Bay on the west coast of the island.

On each Friday in September (1, 8 and 15), seniors have the opportunity of a special offer where they bring a friend along for half fare and enjoy the unique experience of Waverley.

PS Waverley off the coast of the Isle of Wight

PS Waverley off the coast of the Isle of Wight

The Waverley will also steam along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, providing breathtaking views of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

And as the vessel ventures through the sparkling waters of the Solent, passengers can explore Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, or spend time in Swanage.

On Wednesday, September 13, Waverley will make her inaugural cruise from Shoreham.

Then, after nearly a decade, Waverley will make a triumphant return to Ryde on Tuesday, September 5.

For the ultimate ‘Steam Day Out’, passengers can also combine their Waverley sailing with a journey on either Swanage Railway or the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

For more details, and to book advance tickets, log on to or call 0141 243 2224.

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