THE operators of the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, PS Waverley, have announced that two new boilers have been ordered for the ship.

The news comes two months after the iconic vessel was withdrawn from service for 2019 for major repair works to be carried out.

Following the shock decision in May, an appeal was launched by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS), the registered charity which owns the Waverley, to raise the £2.3million required to get the paddle steamer sailing again.

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Paul Semple, general manager at the ship's operators Waverley Excursions Ltd (WEL), said: “Thanks to the initial donations received towards our ‘Boiler Refit Appeal’ we have placed an order and paid the deposit for two new boilers to be built for Waverley.

"This is just the first vital step in returning Waverley to steam and I am extremely grateful to everyone who has donated to the appeal so far as they have allowed us to progress plans quickly.

"The new boilers will be manufactured by Cochran Ltd and at their Newbie Works in Annan for delivery early in 2020.”

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Several other components in the boiler room, including electrical generators, will also be replaced as part of the major investment in Waverley to ensure that she can sail on for at least another 20 years.

The work required to remove the ship’s famous red, white and black funnels as well as a large section of deck will take several months to complete if funding can be secured.

Mr Semple added: “We will only be able to install the new boilers if we continue to receive further donations and support from a variety of sources.

"The response to the appeal so far has demonstrated that many people around the UK and beyond wish to see the last sea-going paddle steamer saved.

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"Our vision is to see a rejuvenated Waverley return next season to help celebrate the Scottish year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

"However, we will require ongoing help and support to achieve that vision.”

For more information on how to donate to the fund-raising appeal, visit