HUNDREDS of passengers were left disappointed when a paddle steamer trip had to be cancelled after it hit Worthing Pier.
Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, had been due to depart from the end of the pier on Monday morning (September 15) for a day-long trip along the south coast.
But as it pulled up, it struck some wooden joists and the trip had to be called off so the steamer could be inspected for damage.
Kathleen O'Neill, manager of the Waverley, said: "After berthing, with all lines securing the ship to the bollards on the Pier, Waverley's crew were making the gangway ready to board passengers.
"A local failure on part of the structure of the landing stage meant that part of the landing stage became dislodged and the ship had to depart quickly before the passengers could be embarked.
"We understand that the main Pier was completely unaffected.
"Council officials are investigating the incident, Waverley was unaffected.
"Passengers are invited to use their tickets on any other sailing of their choice from the Ports and Piers of the South Coast or Thames in September and October - or to retain them for a sailing from Worthing next year."
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