The PS Waverley is the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world. Built in 1947 to replace the original Waverley which sank in 1940 during war duty, she boasts an impressive 2100 horsepower, triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, which I was fortunate enough to catch on camera during my cruise in Scotland last summer. After working in a maritime museum I was used to being surrounded by large, static maritime engines and machinery, but seeing one of them in motion added a whole new dimension.

I recommend watching this with the sound on.

I’ll also leave you with a small glimpse of the paddle wheels through the port hole.

For more information, go to the official PS Waverley website:


  1. Forlath Grey 6 years ago

    I hate to sound twee but seriously – poetry in motion . . .

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    Dee Stroyer 6 years ago

    For several months each summer she sails past my house every day, making that distinctive puffing sound only a steam engine can generate. You can hear her from a distance and it’s great.
    Seeing her engine in motion really brought to life all the large maritime machinery I used to be surrounded by at work. There is a certain beauty in seeing it in its intended state, not as a static, dead thing sitting on a museum floor. It created the image of a living, breathing being in my mind. Now THAT is twee. (I had to google that word, Forlath.)

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