Paddle Steamer Waverley was moved from her berth in Greenock’s James Watt Dock to Garvel dry dock on 2nd March for a 23 day docking. The length of the docking being due to the tug which was sharing the dock rather than the extent of work required on Waverley.
The original intention had been to dry dock Waverley in April, but owing to some emerging steel work replacement in the lower boiler room the dry docking was advanced to allow work to be completed before the new boilers were installed.
The aft hull is one of the survey items during the current winter refit period. Some associated steel renewals have been undertaken as part of this survey in addition to the boiler refit works. Internally the panelling below the windows in the dining saloon and bulkheads in the galley were removed for access. Unfortunately the panels were found to be beyond further use and will be replaced. In addition to the steel renewals, hull painting and annual hull survey work an additional sea chest was fitted for the new 3rd diesel alternator.
The three new Caterpillar diesel alternators were placed on their new foundations in the boiler room during the dry docking period.
After leaving the Garvel dry dock Waverley returned to the James Watt Dock. The boiler refit was on track prior to the restrictions introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there will understandably be a reduced pace in the weeks ahead.