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Waverley's power plant - triple expansion engines - replicated closely those of her older fleet-mate, and the LNER persisted with paddle-wheel vessels on account of low water at their base at Craigendoran on the north bank of the Clyde. The only other new paddlers built for British waters were the Cardiff Queen and Bristol Queen for the fleet of P & A Campbell on the Bristol Channel.Of significant importance to the future of the steamer as a cruise vessel was the outcome of the deliberations of the Southern Railway when it came to the two vessels ordered in 1946 to make good the war losses of its Portsmouth - Ryde ferry and Solent cruising fleet.The roll of honour for lost vessels read like a departure roster for a busy summer's day at Rothesay: Mercury, Juno, Kylemore, Waverley and Marmion.Duchess of Rothesay, Eagle III and Queen-Empress struggled back from duty but failed to make it back into post-war service on account of their poor condition.
Although they had delivered paddlers along traditional lines to the CSP in the 1930s, they were increasingly turning to motors as their preferred power plant and by the end of the war were working closely with the Swiss company, Sulzer, who were leaders in this field.
Not since 1939, with the ominous threat of war casting a shadow over what might otherwise have been a carefree summer, had vistors to the Firth of Clyde been able to enjoy unrestricted cruising throughout one of Britain's most popular stretches of water.
The declaration of war brought that season to a premature end.
For several of the ships it was their second call-up into His Majesty's service.
For five seasons, a very restricted service had been operated on the Clyde, with ferry services to Dunoon and Rothesay, the Holy Loch and Arran piers, providing a lifeline for those resorts and the chance for at least some people to enjoy a brief respite from the war.
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