Hundreds of passengers stranded aboard Waverley as paddle streamer breaks down in middle of the Clyde

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THE Clyde paddle steamer Waverley broke down at sea earlier with hundreds of passengers on board.

The much-loved ship developed a fault between Greenock and Helensburgh while on a trip to Dunoon.

Passengers sent pictures on Twitter joking that although they were “fed-up” there was plenty of booze on board.

The Waverley had set off from Glasgow around 10am yesterday.

But after running into what appeared to be engine trouble coming out of Helensburgh, passengers were given the option of leaving the ship.

The famous steamer spent several hours between Greenock and Helensburgh, as shown by this tracking data (Source:

They were also told the Waverley would no longer be stopping as planned in Dunoon where a number of passengers had planned to attend the Cowal Highland Gathering.


After a delay of almost three hours, passengers were told the vessel would head instead to Rothesay.

The last ocean-going paddle steamer, the Waverley has been a favourite on the Clyde for generations of families heading ‘doon the watter’.

In recent years the vessel has undergone a major refurbishment and is hugely popular for its weekend sails.

Tommy Barnes said from the stricken vessel: “We’ve been bobbing about for some hours. Fortunately the bar has lots of Guinness and as I get 4G on my mobile I can watch the racing.”

Nobody from Waverley Cruises was answering the phones at their office at Lancefield Quay in Glasgow.