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Scottish Maritime Museum hosts talk





7.00pm Wednesday 27 November | Scottish Maritime Museum’s Puffers Café | Irvine Harbourside

Waverley expert and author Iain Quinn will evoke the heady days when pleasure steamers filled the Clyde sailing to piers across the West coast at a talk at the Scottish Maritime Museum’s Puffers Cafe on Irvine Harbourside at 7.00pm on Wednesday 27 November.

Iain will explore the life of the Clyde steamers of the 1920s and 1930s such as the famous Jeanie Deans.

Guests will then learn more about life of the last remaining of the old Clyde steamers, the 1947 Paddle Steamer Waverley, which is now the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer.

Iain will describe the beginnings of Paddle Steamer Waverley’s new life with the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society during the 1970s and 1980s.

Guests can choose to come for a Meal and Talk at 7.00pm with tickets priced £12 or the Talk only at 7.45pm with tickets priced £5.00.

The most travelled paddle steamer in the world and one of the most successful of all the restored tourist ships that still survive, Paddle Steamer Waverley was withdrawn from service this year, for the first time in 45 years, due to mechanical problems with the boilers.

Proceeds from Iain’s talk will go to the Save the Waverley Boiler Refit Appeal currently underway to raise the £2.3 million required to return Waverley to service in 2020.

The talk complements the Scottish Maritime Museum’s current exhibition Window on the Clyde: Family photos of the river’s golden age.

Window on the Clyde, which closes on Sunday 1 December, looks back at the pleasure, innovation, and tragedy on the river as captured by three generations of the Paterson family of Dunoon. The exhibition is included in Museum admission.

Tickets for Iain Quinn’s talk at Puffers Café at the Scottish Maritime Museum on Wednesday 27 November can be purchased at www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org or by calling 01294 427 7177.


Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by

Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404.

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