Contributor: Elizabeth Baird, RLS Club Edinburgh, Lothian
RLS Club members recently enjoyed a sail on the paddle steamer Waverley. The journey went from Glasgow along the River Clyde to the village of Tighnabruaich. It followed routes taken by RLS when accompanying his father on lighthouse visits. It is also the route he took when he sailed to the USA in 1879 to follow Fanny.
The Waverley bears the name of the first novel by Sir Walter Scott, the celebrated 19th century author who was a friend of Robert Stevenson, grandfather of RLS. Built in 1946 Waverley is the last sea-going passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world and continues a 200 year history of steamers on the Clyde.