The world's last seagoing paddle steamer is to return to Suffolk in 2024. 

Waverley, which finished its working life in 1974, will set sail again this year after a successful 2023 season. 

More than 500 passengers boarded the ship in Ipswich in September last year, the first time it docked in the town in 23 years.

East Anglian Daily Times: It will dock in Southwold and Ipswich this yearIt will dock in Southwold and Ipswich this year (Image: Waverley Excursions)

After generating "significant interest" in Suffolk, the vessel will return in September 2024. 

Ipswich and Southwold have been listed for its London and Thames Estuary route between Thursday, September 26, and Sunday, October 13. 

A spokesman for Waverley Excursions said: "Following the exceptional success of Waverley’s 2023 season, we are thrilled to announce we are currently developing an exciting and innovative sailing programme for 2024 which will see a further expansion of Waverley’s calling points and the cruises she offers around the UK.

"Final details on the Thames sailings will be issued in April when bookings open."

The first excursion for the boat will take place in May.