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PS Waverley - Thames 2017

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Sailed on PS Waverley twice this year from Southend Pier, firstly on 24/09 to Redsands Fort in the Thames Estuary and again on 08/10 to Whitstable before she returns home to Glasgow.

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Southend Pier - Train A 'Sir John Betjeman' at South Station (Pier Head) 24/09/17

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PS Waverley approaching Southend Pier 24/09/17

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Redsands Fort - One of two surviving Thames Forts built in 1942 for anti-aircraft protection of London. Used in the early 1960s for Pirate Radio and left derelict since then. There is a group trying to save this fort but I notice that since my previous visit two years ago one of the towers has lost part of its parapet wall. The other set of towers at Shivering Sands are too far gone to attempt to restore. 24/09/17

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Waverley's Engine Room 08/10/17.

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Waverley's engines in full flow! 08/10/17

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Whitstable 08/10/17

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PS Waverley about to leave Southend Pier for the last time this year 08/10/17.

 

 

 

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The Waverley is a very nice ship... and was built for the London & North Eastern Railway Company!

The current livery is basically the LNER livery...

We went on a trip from Newhaven to Off Dugeness via Eastbourne Pier and Hastings Pier in both directions, and around the Royal Sovreign Light Tower (which replaced a Lightship) on the return from Eastbourne Pier to Newhaven.

 

It was a long day, but utterly fascinating, and I can still hear the "drumming" of the paddle wheel floats in my mind, yet alone the whistle and hooter!

 

That was quite a few years ago now...

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_Waverley

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