In August 1987 the paddle steamer Waverley sustained two instances of a collapse of one of the furnace tubes of her 6 year old Steambloc Boiler. As a result her passenger certificate was withdrawn the steamer was laid up for the remainder of the year pending investigation of the cause of failure and replacement of the furnace tubes. Waverley's September programme on the South Coast and Thames was undertaken by her fleetmate, the motor vessel Balmoral, which had been scheduled to undertake a three week programme of sailings on the Clyde. This was the first programme September sailings by Waverley Excursions for almost a decade other than the traditional Glasgow Autumn holiday weekend towards the end of the month. To maintain this programme Waverley Excursions (WEL) chartered the motor vessel Southsea from Sealink British Ferries in Portsmouth. Southsea sailed north to the Clyde during the first week of September and this picture shows her alongside Anderston Quay with Waverley laid up at Lancefield Quay.