News EventThursday, September 3, 2020 @ 1715
|WAVERLEY (1947 - 1974 Excursion paddle steamer 240 feet long of Caledonian Steam Packet Company, Gourock)||
Paddle Steamer WAVERLEY collides with pier at Brodick (Isle of Arran) injuring 24 passengers
E-mail from Chris Greenhalgh (Edinburgh … and Leeds)
WAVERLEY collides with pier at Brodick (Isle of Arran)
Thursday 3 September 2020 and excursion paddle
steamer WAVERLEY was making a sailing along the coast
of Arran. It was a bright, clear day with little wind, and
everyone appeared to be enjoying the trip.
About 1715 when approaching Brodick pier she collided
bow-first into the east berth of the pier. She was
carrying 213 passengers and 26 crew members, and
the impact of the collision catapulted passengers to
24 passengers were injured, some seriously, others
less seriously. The island’s Emergency services made a
full response and were quickly on the scene.
The volunteer Fire and Rescue Service assisted many
of the injured from the ship and some were taken by
ambulance to the War Memorial Hospital at Lamlash.
The most seriously injured were flown to the mainland,
to Crosshouse Hospital near Kilmarnock, by the Air
Ambulance and Coastguard Rescue helicopters.
WAVERLEY, due to the heavy contact with the pier,
had damage to her bow.
The British Maritime and Coastal Agency and the
Marine Accident Investigation Branch are investigating
Meantime the ship remains berthed at Brodick Pier.
138 of Waverley's passengers wished to return to
the mainland and Caledonian MacBrayne arranged
for a special sailing of their CALEDONIAN ISLES
leaving Brodick at 2235 that evening to bring the
passengers to Ardrossan.
It is sad to consider that WAVERLEY had just returned
to service after two years off, and only a fortnight earlier
had finished a 2 million-pounds refit at the Dales Marine
Services Yard at James Watt Dock, Greenock. Some very
recent images on this website show her looking immaculate
as she neared her return to service.