An iconic vessel set sail on the River Clyde for the first time in two years. 

The 70-year-old Waverley paddle steamer was due to take its first passengers down the river on Friday, but its service was delayed after an "unexpected" issue. 

The ship's boiler refit has been delayed during the lockdown, but on Saturday morning, PS Waverley made its first trip of the season. 

Disappointed passengers on Friday missed out on their journey due to an "unexpected technical and administration issue".

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The vessel is the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world and passengers have snatched up tickets. 

But its season has been restricted from five months to just over two weeks due to the pandemic. 

General manager Paul Semple said: "We are delighted that Waverley is back in service
operating on the Clyde and carrying passengers.

"We are grateful to all those who supported our Boiler Refit Appeal in 2019 and helped ensure that Waverley lives on.

"Since we opened bookings just four days
ago demand for tickets has been high with several sailings now sold out. Waverley has a loyal customer base and we know many are keen to step aboard the rejuvenated steamship.”

The reboilering of the ship started in January 2019, after a successful campaign raised £2.3m. 

However, passengers can expect to see Covid-19 related changes, including obligatory face masks and fewer passenger on board. 

A revised sailing programme will be in operation due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions with a reduced number of calling points, reduced capacity and increased time to board and disembark passengers.

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Mr Semple added: “With the length of Waverley’s sailing season being reduced from five months to just over two weeks due to Covid-19, this will present a funding challenge as we try to cover the costs associated with the coming winter period.

"We are now opening an Emergency Appeal to seek donations to ensure Waverley can survive beyond Covid-19.”

Donations can be made online at