Waverley Excursions

Update from Captain O’Brian

The morning saw us tugged off the extreme West end of Custom House Quay, with the crew of Stavros S. Niarchos providing our audience.

The combination of Waverley’s Officers and Crew, a Clyde Pilot, two experienced tug skippers and the Dock Master and his gang at Garvel, executed a text-book dry-docking with the ship gliding beautifully up the centre of the dock to come to rest above the blocks.

A couple of hours later she was down on the blocks and we got our first look at the hull, rudder etc.

During the next 12 days we undertook a fairly routine dry-docking with no nasty surprises or delays being incurred.

I had planned 3 days off during dry-dock and myself and 2nd Engineer Iain McCorkindale flew over to Switzerland to witness the 100th birthday celebrations of D.S. Gallia on Lake Luzern. As ever the welcome and hospitality from our friends at SGV was second to none and we enjoyed our short visit very much.

Back to work on Monday 20th with the undocking going ahead 2 days ahead of the originally planned date. We had a slight delay in the morning but with the ship looking pristine again we undocked on the evening tide with the same precision we had docked. We then swung the compass and undertook some manoeuvring trials in the estuary before heading back to our berth at Glasgow.