Jim shares wonders of the Waverley
The ICAS President hosts a cruise along the Clyde for members on the historic paddle steamer Waverley.
ICAS President Jim Pettigrew CA welcomed more than 400 members and their guests on to the paddle steamer Waverley on Friday night (14 August) for a memorable Clydeside event.
The cruise, along the Clyde to Dumbarton Rock, was a step back in time to the golden years of steamship sailing and was a chance for Jim to share his love of ICAS with his passion for the world's last operational sea-going paddle steamer.
The City veteran, who has long-standing links with Waverley, came up with the idea of hosting an ICAS member event as a way of thanking those involved with ICAS and the paddle steamer preservation – and it proved to be one of the best attended member events ever hosted by ICAS.
Jim said: "Having been involved with both ICAS and the Waverley preservation for a long time, it's a really nice way to thank everyone who is involved in both organisations."
Jim's association with paddle steamers goes back to his childhood. Brought up in Dundee, his parents came from the west coast of Scotland and his grandfather worked in the Clyde shipyards. It was on trips to the west coast that his love of Clyde steamers began.
He said: "My grandfather retired to Rothesay and I was mesmerised by the Clyde steamers. Just as some little boys like railway engines, I loved the Clyde steamers and have enjoyed this all of my life. As a boy I wanted to be a sea captain rather than a CFO!"
Jim said ICAS and Waverley have a lot in common. "Both have great tradition and history, with ICAS the world's oldest accountancy body, established in 1854 and Waverley the last in a long line of traditional Clyde steamers," he said. "Both have also been great ambassadors for Scotland, with almost 50 per cent of ICAS members outside Scotland…and very importantly both have great people working for and supporting them."
The evening sailing had a forties theme, complete with swing band, fish and chips supper and a vintage photography booth.
In September, ICAS will be hosting another Waverley event with a sailing down the Thames organised for many of the 3,000-plus ICAS members based in The City and beyond.