In Pictures: Waverley Paddle Steamer back at sea 75 years after maiden voyage
The Waverley Paddle Steamer leaves Greenock as it celebrates the 75th anniversary of its maiden voyage (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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The last seagoing, passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world was put through its paces on Thursday 75 years after its maiden voyage.

Built in 1946, the Waverley Paddle Steamer sailed from Craigendoran on the Firth of Clyde to Arrochar on Loch Long until 1973.

Nowadays, the ageing vessel takes passengers on excursions around the British coast and welcomed more on board on Thursday as it moved into its 76th year of service.

Waverley Paddle SteamerThe Waverley Paddle Steamer leaves Greenock (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

Waverley Paddle SteamerCaptain Dominic McCall onboard the Waverley before it left Greenock (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

Waverley Paddle SteamerAn on-board model of the steamer (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

Waverley Paddle SteamerPassengers board the Waverley (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

Waverley Paddle SteamerCapt McCall surveys operations from the bridge (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

The vessel is a familiar sight on the Firth of Clyde but has ventured as far as the Bristol Channel and the Solent.

She is something of a showbusiness star with appearances including in Guy Ritchie’s film Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, according to www.paddlesteamers.org.

Waverley Paddle SteamerCapt McCall with crew members (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

Waverley Paddle SteamerPeople on the Waverley Paddle Steamer wave as it leaves Greenock (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

Waverley Paddle SteamerA rear view of the steamer (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

With Captain Dominic McCall at the helm, the vessel put to sea once again from Greenock as she has been doing since the reign of George VI and now, after restoration, looks exactly as she did when she first weighed anchor.

A piper was on hand as passengers boarded for their journey on a steamer – named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel – that has been part of the Clyde’s history since it was built there.

Waverley Paddle SteamerThe vessel has been in operation for 75 years (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

Waverley Paddle SteamerA passenger enjoys the view (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

Waverley Paddle SteamerA crew member onboard the steamer before it leaves Greenock (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

Waverley Paddle SteamerA piper plays (Andrew Milligan/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Andrew Milligan

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