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Pleasure Steamer Waverley!

Post by 34017 Ilfracombe on Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:17 pm

A thread on its own. As I believe it warrants it, following the accident on Friday 26th June at Dunoon in Scotland. Shocked

Quotes from Argyll News

Updated 17.30 28th June: Last summer, as we reported at the time, the paddle-steamer Waverley left a trail of damage around the south coast of England, decking piers at Worthing and the Isle of Wight in a series of misfortunes. Now she seems to be at it again, this time in Scottish waters and in Argyll.

Around 4,00pm yesterday (26th June) she hit Dunoon pier. 12 of her 700 passengers sustained what are said to be minor injuries and were taken to hospital in Inverclyde afterwards to be attended to and checked out. We understand that paramedics have told the BBC that ambulances were not summoned to the injured passengers. It is not yet clear how they were transported across the river to Inverclyde - an odd decision given that most of the passengers were elderly.

Waverley Excursions, the company operating her, described the incident as ‘landing heavily on the pier’ - which is quite an evocative picture.

The liferafts were automatically activated on impact and are being retrieved. Clyde Coastguard report that both ship and pier have been damaged but the extent to both has yet to be ascertained


http://forargyll.com/2009/06/injuries-at-dunoon-as-waverley-returns-to-pier-bashing-form/

Question..I cant recall accidents of this nature happening in the 1950s with Paddle Steamers, can you?

So whom is to blame in your opinions, the Ship, The Captain/ lack of training. I didnt even know she went Pier Bashing in our area last year. But I will still go in Sept, in armour Rolling Eyes Evil or Very Mad
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Post by 35005CP on Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:35 am

Next thing I know; you'll be making a thread for the "Balmoral" Laughing

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Post by 34017 Ilfracombe on Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:39 am

Read the link, on these accidents of late, which the Balmoral hasnt had. Were you aware of the Pier Bashing, I certainly wasnt?
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Post by 35005CP on Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:43 am

I read it - But I think it is lack of experience with Steamers and the people who work on them... But what are other peoples thoughts?

You have to remember these steamers don't have the technology of Ships etc nowadays????

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Post by 34017 Ilfracombe on Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:46 am

Well, they didnt have the technology years ago, but it didnt happen then. You may as well say Drivers of Steam today(some) dont have the experience. But if they have a collision, they lose their job?
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Post by 35005CP on Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:56 am

True - too True.... This could be a debate that carries on for sometime....

But with regards to enginemen on steam locos today - This is for love of steam and voluntary - So I wonder if it is the same with Waverley and Balmoral??? Just a thought - Lack of Experience around certain coastal routes???

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Post by 34017 Ilfracombe on Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:12 am

Admin wrote:True - too True.... This could be a debate that carries on for sometime....

But with regards to enginemen on steam locos today - This is for love of steam and voluntary - So I wonder if it is the same with Waverley and Balmoral??? Just a thought - Lack of Experience around certain coastal routes???

Well, isnt it the same for the Balmoral, and Waverley. They are unpaid Volunteers!
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Post by 35005CP on Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:14 am

That was what I said about being volunteers and lack of experience etc.... bounce

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Post by 34017 Ilfracombe on Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:42 am

I am pleased to report that the Waverley was back in action yesterday, following her repairs!

the portholes have not been cut out. Prob just wanted her sailing asap.
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