Shieldhall lottery refit nearing completion as Saloon is ‘handed over’ by contractors Moss Marine


Steamship Shieldhall, one of Southampton’s hidden heritage assets, is nearing the completion of a £1.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, with its most recent project seeing the fitting out of its Saloon and Bar. Contractors Moss Marine were present to handover the new facilities, with Managing Director Mike Moss and two of his apprentice sons, Damien and Dominyk meeting Shieldhall Project Director Graham Mackenzie onboard. ‘We were delighted to work on such a prestigious heritage vessel as SS Shieldhall’ said Mr Moss. ‘Whilst we regularly fit out Navy ships it was a challenge for us to prepare a 1950s interior to an historic standard and yet one compatible with the needs of seafaring customers in 2017. Our team have looked to emulate – using pictures from when Shieldhall was launched in 1955 -  the Saloon and Bar, and have worked in other areas of the Ship too. The project has been a real family affair, with Damien and Dominyk both overseeing stages of the work. Even Mrs Moss got involved, polishing the brass of the shipyard plate proudly hanging in the Saloon!’

Graham Mackenzie was delighted with the standard of craftsmanship seen: ‘We would like to pay full credit to Moss Marine. Their team went to great lengths in their design and sourcing of material. Part of the refit has seen us introduce a new Switch Room and its door had to be fashioned from scratch. As it was opposite a door leading into the Saloon it was important the material and look and feel of the doors were similar, and it’s true to say that you ‘cannot see the join!’ ‘This part of the project was overseen by my son and apprentice Dominyk’ said Mike Moss. ‘It was a very interesting exercise and a great opportunity for Dominyk to develop new skills. Our involvement of apprentices was one of the factors in Shieldhall initially awarding us the contract.’

Moss Marine have also been working on the final part of the Shieldhall refit jigsaw – the preparation of a 1950s crew cabin. ‘1950s teak was used to help us repair the door’ said Mike Moss. ‘This took some sourcing but we are thrilled with the finished look.’

‘We look forward to Shieldhall’s 2017 sailing programme commencing in May, and showing off our new interiors to the public’ said Graham. ‘Hidden behind the tops and counters we also have a state-of-the art AV system, making us a perfect choice for corporate events and functions.’


Notes for editors:
Steamship Shieldhall is a member of the National Historic Fleet. Constructed in 1955 in the Lobnitz Shipyard in Renfrew, she worked for the Glasgow Corporation carrying treated sludge to the dumping grounds off of the Firth of Clyde. She performed a similar sludge dispersal role for Southern Water between 1980 – 1985 before being withdrawn due to rising costs. She was then purchased by the Solent Steam Packet charity who recognised her heritage value. The charity continue to operate her today with a band of passionate volunteers. Whilst in Glasgow, Shieldhall would carry passengers on pleasure cruises ‘doon the watter’ in the summer months – the reason a Saloon was originally built, to carry 80 passengers.
Captioned photos showing the Shieldhall Saloon and Bar with Moss Engineering and Graham Mackenzie are attached, plus photos showing the Switch Room and Saloon Door with apprentice Dominyk Moss and images of SS Shieldhall at sea.
Tickets for Shieldhall’s 2017 programme may be purchased online at or by contacting the Ticket Manager on 0844 357 2329 2329 (calls cost 7p per minute from landline, calls from mobiles may vary). Details of the 2017 sailing programme are attached.
Graham Mackenzie, SS Shieldhall Lottery Project Director can be contacted on 07751 603190 or
Nigel Philpott, SS Shieldhall Marketing Director, can be contacted on 023 8084 3310 or
Mike Moss of Moss Marine can be contacted at


Posted by Lewis Folland, Mon 6 Feb 2017