Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., a charity registered in Scotland (SC005832), was set up in 1974 to own and preserve Waverley in operation.
The objects for which Waverley Steam Navigation Company is established are:
“for the public benefit to acquire, preserve and exhibit in sailing condition one or more paddle steamers and in particular, to preserve and continue to run the paddle steamer Waverley“.
It seeks to preserve the physical heritage of Waverley as well as the social history of paddle steamers, for the maximum benefit and enjoyment of the communities around the coast of the UK and for future generations.
The Directors of the Charity are all volunteers and are responsible for ensuring that the Conservation Policy for the ship is implemented.
Fundraising is a key part in ensuring that Waverley is able to continue to educate, inspire and delight the communities of the UK, and the Charity seeks financial support from public and private sectors as well as donations from individuals to ensure that Waverley continues to sail.
It also works closely with its subsidiary, Waverley Excursions Ltd – the operators of the ship, in ensuring that the charitable objectives are met during the operation.
The Waverley Charity is committed to inspiring future generations by preserving our industrial past; by celebrating the country’s maritime and engineering achievements; and to protecting the public spend on the ship and the investment that Waverley’s supporters have made, in both time and money, since she has been in preservation.
Paddle Steamer Waverley – A Vital Part of our Coastal Communities
CONNECTING – Over 120,000 passengers enjoy a trip aboard Waverley each year – over 6 million have sailed on the ship since 1975. The operation generates over £5.5m for the UK economy in jobs and vital tourist expenditure. Many of the communities Waverley visits are rural and the ship’s operation provides a transport link for locals and tourists alike.
INSPIRING & EDUCATING – Waverley is Britain’s largest interactive exhibit and provides an unparalleled way of learning about our maritime and social history. It connects local people with the river and coastal heritage, industrial heritage and marine environment. Through the preservation and celebration of our maritime, social and industrial heritage, Waverley offers a truly unique platform for inspiring new generations.
ENTERTAINING – Waverley is the last survivor of a 200 year tradition of pleasure cruises on Paddle Steamers. Preserving customs and memories of bygone days with sailings on the River Thames and through London’s Tower Bridge; along heritage coastlines in Somerset, Devon & Wales; along the Jurassic Coast of England and round the Isle of Wight. Nowhere was the tradition stronger than in the West Coast of Scotland, where a trip ‘Doon the Watter’ transports visitors to the stunning scenery of the islands of the Firth of Clyde in unrivalled style. A trip aboard Waverley is one of the most enjoyable days out in the UK, and a totally unique experience.