ICONIC paddle steamer Waverley is making her return to the local area today after her boiler refit and overhaul was completed.

The new electric systems and boilers have been tested and is start trials after being towed to Custom House Quay yesterday, pictured, from nearby James Watt Dock. 
The replacement of the ship’s boilers at Dales Marine in Greenock followed a successful campaign to raise £2.3 million to keep the iconic vessel operating.
It’s not yet known when Waverley - the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer - will be able to carry passengers again.
A spokesperson for Waverley Excursions said: “Given the overwhelming support for Waverley we will strive to return her to service when it is right to do so. 
“A final decision on whether she can operate this season with passengers has yet to be made. 
“If Waverley is returned to service this year she will only be able to operate a short programme of cruises on the Clyde.”

Waverley left Dales Marine shipyard on 6th August after her extensive boiler refit and is now being prepared for full sea trials. Over the past few days the Captain and crew have undertaken many tasks to test the ship’s systems and carry out a range of maintenance tasks.

The spokesman added: "She is starting to look ship shape!"