The world's last seagoing paddle steamer has returned to Ipswich after more than two decades.

Waverley, the historic steamship which last sailed from the port in 2000, set sail once again on Saturday with more than 500 passengers

Waverley’s general manager, Paul Semple, thanked Associated British Ports, which manages the Port of Ipswich, for allowing the vessel to return to Suffolk.

He said: “Waverley's return to Ipswich has generated significant interest, shown by the cruise on Saturday selling out.

"We are exceptionally grateful to ABP for welcoming Waverley back and giving the local community the chance to sail from their home port.

"Due to the overwhelming demand, I am delighted to confirm that an additional sailing has been added to the timetable.

"On Thursday, October 5, Waverley will embark on her second cruise from Ipswich, offering passengers a unique opportunity to be part of her historic return. Waverley will cruise down the river Orwell, following in the wake of paddle steamers from a bygone era.

"The steamship will cruise up the river Thames pass through the Flood Barrier, round the Isle of Dogs viewing Canary Wharf before steaming under Tower Bridge into the Pool of London.

"Passengers lucky enough to be aboard will enjoy views of the Tower of London and HMS Belfast before sailing under Tower Bridge for a second time as Waverley’s steam whistle sounds.

"After a nostalgic day aboard passengers will disembark Waverley at Gravesend and travel back by inclusive coach to Ipswich.”

Full catering facilities are available on board throughout the cruise - from hot and cold snacks to afternoon tea and cake or a meal in the dining saloon.

Passengers can also visit the souvenir shop and take home an gift or memento of their trip on the famous ship.