Re-launch Sunday and Monday

Report and pictures by Martin Longhurst

On Sunday 15 June 2003, the Waverley steamed from Glasgow to Tighnabruaich for time ashore.

The double-ended ferry Loch Dunvegan at the slipway at Rhubodach, Isle of Bute

Passing through the famous narrows of the Kyles of Bute

The start of the twin wakes indicates the point where full steam ahead was ordered

The channel is scarcely wide enough for the paddler

Alongside Tighnabruaich Pier

Passengers rejoining the steamer

The pier is the subject of a restoration appeal

The return passage through the narrows

The paint on the buoys is safe despite their proximity

Leaving Rothesay Pier - note the new guards across the sponson after mooring position

Leaving Rothesay the paddler passed the inbound Jupiter ...

... while the Saturn headed for Wemyss Bay

On arrival back at Anderston Quay, the steamer carried out a flying cant ...

... but a delay in landing the cant rope ...

... meant that turn was completed further upstream than normal ...

... close to the Kingston Bridge, which carries the M8 motorway

On Monday 16 June 2003, a shorter cruise to Loch Long was given for invited guests as well as fare-paying passengers.

A buffet was provided in the Forward Bar ...

... which was much enjoyed by many people who have helped the Waverley's cause.

Project Director Ian McMillan made a short speech of appreciation

HMS Ark Royal was passed as she moved from Greenock Container Terminal to RNAD Coulport

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