Heritage groups say the Waverley paddle steamer has reached a £2 million milestone which will enable it to sail again in the 2020 season.
The ship’s restoration appeal is now on target to raise the £2.3 million need to allow it to sail again
The 70-year-old vessel, the last sea-going passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world, has been out of service during 2019 as it awaits repairs.
The Waverley Paddle Steamer appeal was given a £1m boost from the Scottish Government last month.
Owners said the fundraising milestone was a “fantastic result in just a few months.”
The ship will have its boiler replaced before it returns to service.
A message on the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) read: “The running total for Waverley’s Boiler Refit Appeal has now passed the £2m milestone thanks to the continued generosity of PSPS members and many other individuals.
“Since the appeal was officially launched in June donations have been received from over 7,500 individuals.
“Along with support from the Scottish Government, several trusts and foundations have also taken the total to within £300,000 of the £2.3m target.”
The ship was bought by the PSPS for £1 in 1975.