The vessel left her berth at the Science Centre in Glasgow in early January 2020 to be towed to the Garvel Dockyard in Greenock for work to commence on repairs to her hull and renewal and replacement of the old power units by Cummins Diesel units.
As I indicted previously no volunteers were allowed into the shipyard but I got a call to inform me I would be allowed to return to the Waverley to assist ships staff on other major work to be carried out as soon as she went to the Dockyard.
She entered the Dry Dock on Monday the 2nd March for work to commence on renewing the seatings in the boiler room to accommodate the fitting and commissioning of the new boilers, replacing the electrical systems, new ships Galley, toilets and many other areas on the Waverley that are being renewed to meet MCA (Maine Coastal Agency) which is the class society who cover the vessel specification.
Once this work package is complete in about two to three weeks time she will go into the floating dock (wet dock) to float so that the new Cochran boilers can be fitted.
This procedure is carried out in a wet dock to ensure the correct stability of the vessel when the boilers are fitted.
There is still a lot of both dockyard work and ships staff requirements to be carried out but we are all hopeful she will be ready for her first trip in late May all going according to the plans.
I have taken some pictures of the Waverley sitting out of the water in the dry dock and many people never get the chance to see this so if you want I can send them onto you.
( Aka C/E Dan McPhail