Pier damaged in accident with steamer

A PADDLE steamer restored in Yarmouth and now a familiar site along the east coast caused damage to a pier as it attempted to dock. The Waverley left a section of the iron gratings on Worthing Pier, in West Sussex, unsupported after striking the structure, causing a 4.

A PADDLE steamer restored in Yarmouth and now a familiar site along the east coast caused damage to a pier as it attempted to dock.

The Waverley left a section of the iron gratings on Worthing Pier, in West Sussex, unsupported after striking the structure, causing a 4.5m length of timber to become detached.

The 240ft-long boat was bound for the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth and Lulworth Cove when the accident happened on Monday.

Worthing Borough Council said no details were available on how much repairs will cost following the crash, which caused the Waverley some damage.

A small part of the pier remains off limits to visitors and it is estimated that the south section of the landing stage will be closed for up to eight weeks.

The Waverley was launched in 1947 and was rebuilt at a cost of £4m by Yarmouth's George Prior Engineering yard in 2000.

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She now operates cruises on a variety of routes, including from Southwold to Tower Bridge, in London. She will next run from Southwold on October 7.