A bid to save a historic paddle steamer has come one step closer to its goal with the help of local support.

The Paddle Steamer Waverley was withdrawn from service in May following serious structural defects in its boilers.

New electrical generators have now been ordered for Paddle Steamer Waverley after continued donations to the refit appeal.

An order for new boilers was also placed last month in a bid to get the Waverley sailing once again.

We previously reported that the fundraising drive had hit the £500,000 mark after the vigilant efforts of supporters across the country.

READ MORE: Over £500,000 raised to save iconic Waverley paddle steamer

Waverley’s operations director, Alasdair Macmillan, who is managing the Boiler Refit commented, “Three new Caterpillar generators will now be built for Waverley to be installed along with the two new steam boilers under construction in Annan.

"By installing new electrical equipment in addition to the boilers we are safeguarding Waverley’s future for many more years to come.”

The Friends of Wemyss Bay Station gave a boost to the appeal last week by donating £1,000 raised through the station bookshop. 

Sheena Inglis, Bookshop Manager, passed the cheque over to Waverley’s General Manager, Paul Semple, and said: “Waverley is the last of the Clyde Steamers and needs everyone’s support to get her sailing Doon the Watter again.” 

READ MORE: Two new boilers ordered for Paddle Steamer Waverley to get it sailing again

Donations to the Boiler Refit Appeal can be made online at waverleyexcursions.co.uk or by calling 0141 243 2224 or by texting STEAM £20 TO 70085.

All donations made directly to Waverley Excursions will be recorded on a Donor Wall onboard Waverley.