The world’s last seagoing paddle steamer ship will visit Sussex for the first time next month.

The PS Waverley was built in 1946 to replace a steamer of the same name which was sunk while evacuating troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War.

She was sold for £1 in 1973 and began operating as an excursion ship after being restored - but has remained a stranger to Sussex until now.

The Argus: The ship will sail along the south coastThe ship will sail along the south coast (Image: PS Waverley)

Captain Dominic McCall told The Argus: “We are very much looking forward to Paddle Steamer Waverley's inaugural cruise from Shoreham and hope that locals will support the ship for this exciting sailing.

“On departure from Shoreham, we will steam west passing Selsey Bill on the way to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.”

Passengers can disembark at Ryde to visit the town and can purchase a joint ticket to travel on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Those that stay aboard will cruise through the Solent.

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“We will sail Waverley close to the lighthouse to give the best possible views from her decks,” said Capt McCall.

“This is going to be a fantastic coastal cruise.”

Tickets for the trip from Shoreham on September 13 are available now and can include coach connections from Brighton or Worthing.