Bristol Channel Arrival


Following the successful day cruise to Kingswear, described by Ashley Gill in Spring's Southern Sailings, Waverley had an even more successful evening cruise from the Devon port. 323 joined the ship locally, while a further 296 took advantage of the steam train connection from Paignton. After a night alongside Waverley set out for the Bristol Channel. She had a passage to Avonmouth at just over Half Ahead described as excellent and magnificent - flat calm all the way!

The first schools' cruise planned for Thursday 21 May was cancelled owing to measles among the intending passengers but the evening charter went ahead. The following day's schools' cruise and evening charter went ahead, though.

Saturday 23 May was Clevedon Pier Re-opening Day and the ship was chartered by the Pier Trust for a series of four short cruises during the day. All attracted over 500 passengers. Sunday 24 May saw good numbers again and on Bank Holiday Monday over 350 went down Channel to Ilfracombe. Unfortunately swell at Lynmouth prevented the landing by launch. Over 100 took advantage of the coastal cruise eastward towards Porlock Bay.

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