Boilers at the ready . . .

Steamship Shieldhall is set to commence her 2016 sailing programme from Southampton. Recently back from dry dock in Falmouth where she was given a full bill of health and a sparkling paint job to the hull, her team of volunteers can't wait to welcome guests on board. Saturday 4th June sees two sailings, with the first - a 2hr morning cruise (11am - 1pm) around Southampton Docks - being an ideal starter trip for families, with up to 6 children admitted free per adult. Shieldhall will pass the cruise ships Independence of the Seas, Emerald Princess and Braemar in port at Southampton. Later that afternoon (between 4pm - 7pm) Shieldhall will be in the best position to see the same cruise ships depart down Southampton Water, with the time-honoured sounding of sirens and whistles as the ships acknowledge one another. Captain for both cruises will be Clare Holmes - very appropriately, as Shieldhall will also be the venue on Saturday for the launch of a new book: 'From Cabin 'Boys' to Captains - 250 Years of Women at Sea' by author Jo Stanley. 

Sunday's 5th June all-day trip gives the Shieldhall team a real chance to stretch her sea legs, with an all-day Solent Cruise (11.30am - 6pm), with Shieldhall's return to port again coinciding with the departure of cruise ships, this time the Britannia, Celebrity Eclipse, Azura and Queen Victoria.

There will be an informative commentary on all trips, and a wide selection of refreshments available. But above all, guests will not want to miss the opportunity to access Shieldhall's Engine Room, Boiler Room and Bridge, and appreciate the skills of the volunteers and original machinery helping to keep Shieldhall 'alive and steaming.' Tickets for all trips, which depart Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton (entrance via Dock Gate 4) can be made online at or through calling the Ticket Manager on 0844 357 2329 (calls cost 7p per minute from a landline, calls from a mobile may vary).

Posted by Lewis Folland, Thu 26 May 2016