Last chance summer sailings with Steamship Shieldhall


September represents the last chance this year to sail on Southampton’s heritage steamship, SS Shieldhall, with three weekends of cruises, on 3&4, 10&11 and 17&18 September, giving an opportunity to spend some quality time on Southampton Water. Sat 3 September sees a Merchant Navy Day Cruise between 3pm – 6pm, remembering the lives of Merchant Seamen lost at sea. The cruise will include a service and wreath laying. Merchant Navy Association members are very welcome, though the cruise is open to all. On her return to port Shieldhall will get close to the departing cruise ships Britannia, Celebrity Eclipse and Emerald Princess, always the cue to sound her whistle and play the ‘Shieldhall Organ’!

The following day, Sun 4 September, also between 3pm – 6pm, Shieldhall will sail down Southampton Water with a commentary on the sights and sounds of the area, with the opportunity to pass departing cruise ships Arcadia and Navigator of the Seas.

The following weekend marks the annual Heritage Open Days and Shieldhall will be open for viewing for free between 10am and 3pm on both the 10th and 11th September. At 4pm on both days, Shieldhall will embark on a 2hr Docks Cruise, with a Titanic theme on the Sunday.

The final weekend of sailing on Sat 17 and Sun 18 September sees Shieldhall enjoy two afternoon cruises between 3pm and 6pm.  On the Saturday, members of the Southampton Maritime Trust will be on board outlining details of their Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War project. The project is looking at wrecks along the entire south coast from the Isle of Thanet to the Isles of Scilly (approximately 1000 wrecks), as well as associated shore sites (coastal batteries, ports, hospitals etc). Passengers can enjoy the final trip of the 2016 season on the Sunday with a cruise down Southampton Water to the mouth of The Solent, and on Shieldhall’s return to berth get close to four departing cruise ships Aurora, Ventura, Azura, and Navigator of the Seas. Learn about the history of Southampton Water and the many cruise liners that have sailed down this famous stretch of Water to the Solent and from here to all corners of the world. On all trips, passengers can see the impressive engine room with its original steam engines at work and the bridge, with its traditional instruments and gleaming brasswork; admire the ship’s steam assisted stearing gear (similar to that used on Titanic); talk to the Captain and the volunteer crew; listen to the informed commentary on the sights and sounds of Southampton Water and The Solent; pass close to the great ocean liners and container ships; walk the teak decks; relax in the Saloon with a wide range of refreshments including tea / coffee; real ale; a range of Titanic bottled beers, wine and hot and cold food. Children aren’t forgotten either and will have fun with an interactive Shieldhall Log Book, collecting stickers from various stations on board!

Sailing times below....

Merchant Navy Day Excursion & See 3 Cruise Ships Depart
Saturday 3rd September, 15:00 - 18:00

Mouth of the Solent Cruise & See 3 Cruise Ships Depart
Sunday 4th September, 15:00 - 18:00

Heritage Open Day - Day 1
Saturday 10th September , 16:00 - 18:00

Heritage Open Day with Titanic Theme - Day 2
Sunday 11th September , 16:00 - 18:00 (*)

Docks and Head to the Solent Cruise
Saturday 17th September, 15:00 - 18:00

Watch 5 Cruise Ships Depart Excursion
Sunday 18th September, 15:00 - 18:00

3 hr cruises are £27.50 per adult, £10 children and 2 hr cruises £19 per adult and £5.00 children. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Ticket Manager on 0844 357 2329 (calls cost 7p from mobile). Shieldhall will be sailing from Berth 48 in the Eastern Docks.

News release issued by Nigel Philpott, for SS Shieldhall, tel: 023 8084 3310 / 07769 114271

Posted by Lewis Folland, Sun 28 Aug 2016