THE Scottish government has announce £1million funding for the Paddle Steamer Waverley

The Waverley, the last remaining seaworthy paddle steamer in the world, is a regular visitor to Bournemouth, Swanage and the Jurassic Coast.

Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The Waverley has delighted generations of locals and visitors throughout its 70-year history and I am pleased to be able to announce this significant financial commitment to help the historic paddle steamer set sail once again.”

The steamship was withdrawn from service earlier this year after it emerged a major boiler refit was needed.

An appeal, to raise the £2.3million needed, was launched in June.

Paul Semple, Waverley’s general manager, commented: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has allocated this level of funding towards Waverley recognising the ship’s heritage value and the economic benefit she brings to many coastal communities. This funding together with the donations received from thousands of individuals takes our running appeal total to £1.9 million.

"However, we urgently need to secure a further £400,000 through donations, corporate funding and grants to ensure we can carry out all the work required to have Waverley back for next summer.”

Waverley is currently berthed in her home port of Glasgow, where preparation works are on-going by her engineers and volunteers.

Last month the first section of deck was cut open to enable some large components in the ship’s boiler room, which are already dismantled, to be lifted free.

Visit waverleyexcursions.co.uk to find out more about the appeal.