Waverley at Yarmouth

We have had luck seeing the paddle steamer Waverley in various places. Back in September 2003 it was on a day trip to the Isle of Wight. We weren’t of bus-pass age then, but we still used the buses – a cheaper option to taking the car on the ferry. This was what I wrote at the time.

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Some of us have luck. We had travelled on Southern Vectis from Ventnor to Yarmouth, stopping and shopping in Newport. We decided to get a cup of tea at the pier café in Yarmouth, and let a ferry go. It was then that the paddle steamer Waverley hove into view

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and tied up on the pier we were on. The cuppa was consumed very fast so that we could get out to really see the boat. A magic moment on 13th September 2003.

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We caught the next ferry to Lymington, sailing up alongside the pier which still had Waverley at the end.

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As we passed the stern of the boat, she was just leaving – a bit of reverse first to get a better angle.

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Then off went Waverley, leaving us with a view of her, in the Solent, and the heights of Brook Down behind, on the island.

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Ah yes, back in 2003 I used to always put blue borders around photos within a document. I still think it looks quite good.

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