Paddle Steamer Waverley, Troon
The Waverley approaches Troon harbour from the north.
This was the first visit of the Waverley to Troon for 25 years. It was on the morning of August 7th, 2023.
Coming in closer and slowing down towards her berth to the left.
The town of Irvine is in the left distance with Western Gailes Golf Club to the right.
Lined up alongside the pier.
Tied up and secure all ready for the passengers to board.
The passengers boarding. We counted in excess of 200 people.
A panorama of the whole scene with the Wee Hurrie (an excellent fish and chip shop) on the right.
The Pilot boat lines up ready to assist if need be. We're not sure if a pilot actually boarded the Waverley, but it seems likely.
Backing gently away from the pier.
Going astern out of the harbour mouth.
Reversing in an arc to the north-west before heading off towards Cumbrae.
The Pilot boat is shadowing her every move.
Moving forward and getting underway to the north.
Some of the many spectators are on the shoreline getting some good photos.