D is for Doon The Watter

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Waverly Paddle Steamer

There can’t be any schoolchildren of my generation who don’t remember a school day trip ‘doon the watter’ on the Waverly paddle steamer.

We would board at Broomielaw with our school-provided packed lunch (white bread sandwiches, weak orange juice and a Penguin biscuit) and, depending on the weather, jostle for a place above or below deck.

We’d sail all the way down the Clyde estuary, past the grain warehouses and shipyards which lines the banks.

My favourite part of the trip was always a visit to the engine room where, through a large glass window, you could see the gleaming brass pistons pumping up and down, up and down, noisily turning the wheel. It was loud and smelly and as alien to me as the deck of the Enterprise.

Families used to take a day trip on the boat too and there was a tradition of ‘father going to see the engines’ which really meant he was off to the bar for a pint.

Today, the Waverly is the only ocean-going paddle steamer in the world. Although going by my experiences sailing down the Clyde, I wouldn’t trust it out of sight of the shore.

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12 Comments

  1. Carol
    Apr 4, 2013

    Hahaha, I went on the Waverly on a school trip too! That brought back so many memories!

    C x

  2. Carol
    Apr 4, 2013

    Hahaha, I went on the Waverly on a school trip too! That brought back so many memories!

    C x

  3. elegsabiff
    Apr 4, 2013

    Yay another Scot – I am so going to try that trip the next time I have visitors to haul about. I love paddle steamers!

  4. elegsabiff
    Apr 4, 2013

    Yay another Scot – I am so going to try that trip the next time I have visitors to haul about. I love paddle steamers!

  5. Margot Kinberg
    Apr 4, 2013

    Oh, Nettie, that sounds like such a lovely day!! I am already so very much enjoying the memories you’re sharing. Thanks 🙂

  6. Margot Kinberg
    Apr 4, 2013

    Oh, Nettie, that sounds like such a lovely day!! I am already so very much enjoying the memories you’re sharing. Thanks 🙂

  7. Rebecca Bradley
    Apr 4, 2013

    I can just imagine all the fathers going off to “see the engines”! 🙂

  8. Rebecca Bradley
    Apr 4, 2013

    I can just imagine all the fathers going off to “see the engines”! 🙂

  9. alberta
    Apr 4, 2013

    what excuses men can find for going down the pub! great memory – thanks

  10. alberta
    Apr 4, 2013

    what excuses men can find for going down the pub! great memory – thanks

  11. tracykuhn
    Apr 4, 2013

    Great! There’s a certain boat obsessed pretendy Swedish man who I need to share this with too 🙂

  12. tracykuhn
    Apr 4, 2013

    Great! There’s a certain boat obsessed pretendy Swedish man who I need to share this with too 🙂

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