MORE than £130,000 has been raised for the Waverley as part of a Covid-19 Relief Appeal.

The appeal launched in September hopes to raise half a million to allow the famous paddle steamer to survive the winter and sail next year.

The Waverley returned to service for two weeks in late August. It was, however, involved in a crash at the pier in September with 24 people injured.

Waverley’s General Manager, Paul Semple, said: “I am delighted with the positive response and the support Waverley is once again receiving from so many people.

“The success of our Covid-19 Appeal is vital if we are to survive the winter and sail Waverley in summer 2021.

“The impact of Covid denied us the opportunity to sail Waverley for a full season on the Firth of Clyde and around other areas of the UK.

“When the ship did sail this year, passenger numbers were strictly limited to under 30% capacity resulting in a dramatic reduction in income.”

He added: “Waverley normally carries over 100,000 passengers annually but this season we saw less than 6,000 aboard.

“The ship needs to operate a full summer season to earn sufficient funds and cover costs.

“Waverley must be maintained to remain in operation and that maintenance comes at a high cost, this winter over £400,000 will be spent on routine works and drydocking.”

Following heavy contact with the pier at Brodick, Waverley will receive a new bow when she is dry docked next spring ahead of the 2021 season. The cost of repairs to the bow will be met by insurance and not from funds raised through the Covid-19 Relief Appeal.

Donations to the appeal can be made online at or by calling 0141 243 2224 or by texting STEAM followed by £10 or £20 to 70085.

Those donating online can opt to be included on the Virtual Donor Wall.