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Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, has announced that the Scottish Government will support PS Waverley’s return to service with £1 million being provided for essential boiler replacement works required to save the historic ship.
Waverley was withdrawn from service earlier this year when it was determined that her boilers would need replacing if the iconic steamship was to sail again. An appeal to raise the £2.3 million required to return Waverley to full operation was launched in June.
Paul Semple, Waverley’s general manager, said: ‘We are delighted that the Scottish Government has allocated this level of funding towards Waverley recognising the ship’s heritage value and the economic benefit she brings to many coastal communities.
‘This funding together with the donations received from thousands of individuals takes our running appeal total to £1.9 million.
‘However, we urgently need to secure a further £400,000 through donations, corporate funding and grants to ensure we can carry out all the work required to have Waverley back for next summer.’
Ms Hyslop said: ‘The Waverley has delighted generations of locals and visitors throughout its 70-year history and I am pleased to be able to announce this significant financial commitment to help the historic paddle steamer set sail once again.’
If further funding is secured Waverley will return to service for 2020 which has been designated as the Year of Coasts and Waters. Passengers on Waverley will be able to experience Scotland from a different perspective viewing vast areas of the Firth of Clyde and the west coast.
A decision on the £250,000 application for Waverley to the National Lottery Heritage Fund is expected by November.
Fiona Hyslop with the PS Waverley. NO_C39wave01