Two south coast resorts are counting the cost after visits by Britain's last seagoing paddle steamer resulted in two piers being damaged in two days.

Two south coast resorts are counting the cost after visits by Britain’s last seagoing paddle steamer resulted in two piers being damaged in two days. On Sunday evening Waverley hit Yarmouth pier after being pushed out of position by strong currents while berthing, as a result of which she had to sail instead to Cowes to disembark her passengers.

And yesterday, before any passengers could embark, the 51-year-old vessel had to make a hurried departure from Worthing pier when her mooring ropes pulled a 4.5m length of timber from the pier’s landing stage. The south section of the pier’s landing stage will be closed for about eight weeks until repairs can be carried out, but the east and west sides remain open.

Waverley, which has recently been extensively restored, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of first arriving in the Solent by carrying out a programme of south coast sailings.