Title ID 742Collection ID190
TitlePaddle Steamer 'Waverley' at Whitstable
Date30 April 1983
CollectionDonald Sykes
ThemeTravel Transport
KeywordsBoats Harbours Scouting Ships Steamships Youth Organizations Transport Water Transport Quays
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionDonald Sykes (?)
CameraDonald Sykes (?)
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Silent
Duration10min. 22sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The paddle steamer Waverley arrives at Whitstable in Kent. Crowds gather on the harbourside to greet the steamer as it arrives. The Sea Cadet band plays as passengers disembark and the steamer prepares for the next leg of its journey. Passengers board the steamer before it departs for Southend and London.


Whitstable Harbour is seen in the opening shots of the film, the paddle steamer Waverley is out at sea on the horizon. People are gathered on the harbourside; the Sea Cadet band prepare to play. The Waverley enters the harbour and the band plays. The decks of the steamer are filled with people; a banner reads: "Paddle Steamer Preservation Society". The RNLI inshore lifeboat accompanies the Waverley as it docks, people begin to disembark from the boat. General scenes of the harbour including fishing boats, a lifebouy and promotional stall for the RNLI (?) all precede brief shots of Whitstable beach. A Sea Cadet bugler plays. A sign reads: "Southend Cruise Whitstable". People holding tickets begin to board the Waverley. A sign reads: "Southend, Tilbury, Greenwich Tower Pier". A light aircraft is seen overhead trailing a banner: "Plyable Roofs Best Overall TH 64603". Smoke bellows out of a funnel on the Waverley, the gangway is removed and it reverses out of the harbour. The band plays and people wave from the harbour side. Title: "The End".