A BID to secure a funding boost for the Save The Waverley campaign has been successful.

The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) has announced it will provide cash after the withdrawal of the world famous steam ship.

The ship’s operators, Waverley Excursions, confirmed that the boat will need new boilers if she's ever to sail again with all crossings cancelled this season.

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PSPS National Chairman, Peter Morley, said: “The PSPS was gifted Waverley for £1 back in 1974 as she was then, and still is, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

"This week PSPS Trustees voted unanimously in favour of an immediate cash injection to Waverley of over £170,000 to fund the recent dry docking bill.

"This level of support will allow Waverley’s owning charity to bring forward plans to raise in excess of £2million to replace the ship’s boilers.

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"I appeal to everyone who has sailed on Waverley or wishes to see her back in steam to support our fund raising efforts to Save The Waverley.”

The Waverley Appeal will be launched once the full extent of works and costs are known.

Mr Morley added: “Waverley needs the support of the PSPS more than ever and I am encouraged that within 24 hours of the announcement of Waverley’s withdrawal we had received several donations with new members joining the society.

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"We would welcome further support at this time to help us ensure that this great iconic ship is saved. She is the last paddle steamer that will sail the U.K. coastline and that’s certainly worth preserving.”

Meanwhile donations can be made online here or by calling 0141 243 2224 during office hours.