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Paddle steamer prepares to dock at Gravesend
A THROWBACK to the glory days of paddle steamers will dock in at Gravesend to celebrations.
Charitably-run Paddle Steamer Waverley will make its first call at the Town Pier at 4pm on Friday, September 28, to a welcome at the quayside.
The 693-tonne vessel, which was built in 1947 and has been run on a charitable basis for nearly 40 years, will take people of days out to seaside resorts Clacton or Southend and will sail under Tower Bridge in London until October 14.
A ribbon will be cut on the ship’s gangway and the first passenger aboard for a trip to London will receive an annual membership to the Friends of Waverley. Members of the Gravesend Borough Band will play on the pier as the ship docks.
Ian Clark, Waverley’s Captain said: “It is very rare that we get the opportunity to call at a ‘new’ port, and after almost ten years of planning we are delighted that Waverley will be able to make her first call at Gravesend’s Town Pier. We congratulate Gravesham Borough Council on their foresight and look forward to welcoming passengers from the town aboard to enjoy sailings for many years to come.”
The ship’s facilities include a restaurant, two bars, heated lounges and a souvenir shop. Prices start at £21 for adults, with discounts for senior citizens, half price for under 18s and free for under fives.
Call 0845 130 4647 or go to waverleyexcursions.co.uk.