WORK has started to ensure the Waverley will sail again following a massive fundraising campaign.

Two new steam boilers have been ordered for the paddle steamer after the decision earlier this year to withdraw the iconic vessel from service.

Following the shock news that the Waverley would not be sailing this season, a massive appeal was officially launched in June to raise the required £2.3million for repairs.

Waverley excursions general manager Paul Semple said: “Thanks to the initial donations received towards our ‘Boiler Refit Appeal’ we have placed an order and paid the deposit for two new boilers to be built for Waverley.

"This is just the first vital step in returning Waverley to the waters and I am extremely grateful to everyone who has donated to the appeal so far as they have allowed us to progress plans quickly.

"The new boilers will be manufactured by Cochran Ltd. and at their Newbie Works in Annan for delivery early in 2020.”

Several other components in the boiler room, including electrical generators, will also be replaced as part of the major refit aimed at readying her for at least another 20 years service.

The work required to remove the ship’s famous red, white and black funnels, as well as a large section of deck, will take several months to complete if funding can be secured.

Mr Semple added: “We will only be able to install the new boilers if we continue to receive further donations and support from a variety of sources.

"The response to the appeal so far has demonstrated that many people around the country and beyond wish to see the last sea-going paddle steamer saved.

"Our vision is to see a rejuvenated Waverley return next season to help celebrate the Scottish year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

"However, we will require ongoing help and support to achieve that vision.”

Donations to the appeal can be made online at or by calling 0141 243 2224.

All donations made directly to Waverley Excursions will be recorded on a donor wall on board the Waverley.