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A good many years ago I happened to be the on turn pilot when the Waverly arrived on one of her around UK trips.
I had assumed wrongly, that the paddles could operate independently ie. one ahead one astern for example. The master told me that many years ago this was the case, but unfortunately a paddle steamer, I think a paddle tug, had capsized and things were changed.
The Waverly has a single rudder which was useless unless doing at least five knots, maybe more, and as we approached the dock at the rate of knots, the master took great delight at my increasing agitation. However when the engines were stopped she drew up in little more than her own length, and all was well.
Well worth a visit if she is in your area.
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