Waverley on the South Coast 2011 Part 3
Report and pictures by Martin
The storm which started on Sunday 11 September 2011 was prolonged and
the steamer remained tied up at Southampton until Tuesday afternoon when she sailed
light for Swanage, so as to be ready to make for Weymouth should conditions
improve sufficiently. Early on
Wednesday, the paddler steamed off to the west but conditions prevented her
from reaching Weymouth, so she returned to Swanage to await her sailing
time. As conditions were not expected
to improve during the day, passengers were advised that their return would be
made by ferry and coach from Yarmouth.
Just under 100 took advantage of the sail to Yarmouth and then round
Portsmouth Dockyard. Having discharged
her passengers, Waverley returned to Portsmouth to spend the night at the
Harbour Station Pier.
In contrast to the rest of the week, Thursday was perfect with blue
skies and smooth seas. Unfortunately,
shipping movements at Portsmouth conspired to put the steamer about 25 minutes
late at Yarmouth.
Portsmouth’s launch Peter James pushes
Waverley’s bow round for her morning departure
Large numbers joined the steamer at Yarmouth, Bournemouth – today was
the first occasion that Waverley had reached the Dorset resort in 2011, such
had been the weather pattern – and Swanage.
There was excellent visibility along the Jurassic Coast but as there was
firing on the Army Range, we not able to reach Lulworth
on this trip, when well over 500 were on board.
The setting sun as Waverley heads back to
Friday’s cruise also went ahead as planned with about 350 passengers
before the weather intervened once more, causing complete cancellation of
Saturday’s sail. The forecast suggested
an improvement on Sunday, but this was too short-lived to allow a full cruise. In the event, on arrival at Yarmouth from
Southampton, Captain O’Brian announced that the forecast would not permit the
completion of the sailing as planned and a short cruise towards The Needles
and then back to Gurnard would be offered before two hours ashore in
Wight Light leaves for Lymington
as the next ferry approaches Yarmouth
Waverley arrived back at Berth 49 Southampton just after 17.00, just
after P&O Cruises’ Azura had departed for warmer
Azura heads out on her cruise as Waverley returns
The preserved tug/tender Calshot
at her new berth
I am pleased to report that Southend Borough Council has confirmed
their pier will be ready for us next week.