During that time I have been involved in the overhaul of major components such as the compressor, steam boilers, auxiliary Scania powered engines supplying lighting and other electrical support for the vessel and many other tasks involving moving machinery.
As a Marine engineer it has been a learning curve for me to be working on steam machinery.
The gentleman in charge of the work schedule on the vessel is called Alec Sneddon and believe me what he does not know about all the systems on the vessel has still to be printed. If he decides to hang up his overalls he will be a hard man to replace and in my opinion Impossible.
Last week the pace of finishing all the work on time stepped up a gear as all the clean linen, bedding and towels are now on board for the crew who will be joining the vessel for the summer sailings.
I also had the luxury of having lunch on the vessel as the cook is now on board for breakfast and lunch for all who want it.
I have met many volunteers during my time there from a variety of industries and believe me they had some stories to tell of their own lifetime experiences at sea.
The PS.Waverley will leave the quay at the Science Centre on Friday 28th April to sail to the Garval Dry-dock at Greenock to have the nylon bushes on the paddles replaced as they are showing significant wear and this is a major time consuming task.
I was invited to sail with her on Friday doon the water to Greenock but unfortunately I have a previous appointment that I cannot miss so very disappointed
She will be there for ten days then go to Custom House Quay for inspection clearance and then back to the Science Centre ready to start her summer sailing schedule.
I would recommend that anyone thinking of taking a trip on the Waverley should do so as you will not be let down.
As they say all good things must come to an end but I will be back next year helping with other work required on this great Clyde institution.
McPhail ( aka Stewart Davis ) now signing off.