Peter Gibbs’ Paddle Steamer Poetry

After a momentous return to Clevedon, the paddle steamer has set sail to make her way to new destinations and the tour continues across the UK coastline.

This iconic vessel had not been seen in the Bristol Channel for five years, but now thanks to a
multi-million-pound refurbishment with new steam boilers installed, she was once again offering a wide variety of cruises up until Sunday, June 18, including sailings from Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare.

Local resident Peter Gibbs has written a poem following an enjoyable cruise. We would like to thank Peter for sharing his words.

Cruising On The Waverley

Great paddles churning water

The Waverley drew near

More passengers there waiting

On lovely Clevedon Pier

The Welsh from Penarth all aboard

But still free spaces found

As the ropes were all cast off

And she was outward bound

The coastline dimly visible

Steep Holm lost in heat haze

The chatter rising from the decks

To launch the best of days

Along the coast she travelled

Her passage so serene

No dolphins in the Channel

But surfaced submarine

Heading on she voyaged

Beneath a dome of blue

Hills and harbours passing

A panoramic view

Past Woody Bay and towering cliffs

The tallest in the land

The Waverley so steady

A day out she’d made grand

At Ilfracombe a welcome –

Town crier there to say

“We’re very pleased to see you –

“Oyez, oyez, oyez!

His only plea to visitors

“Wherever you may roam

“Enjoy our town’s attractions

“But take a seagull home”

The journey back enlivened

As landmarks on the way

Were detailed with their history

At end of perfect day

A final call at Penarth

Then time to disembark

And stroll back to the Toll House

Amidst the gathering dark.

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