It's Full Steam Ahead for SS Shieldhall!
Steamship Shieldhall celebrated her 500th sailing under the charitable banner of the Solent Steam Packet last Saturday. Seen in the picture are Charity Chairman Doug Brodie, Captain Peter Roberts and Chief Engineer Graham Mackenzie with a 500th sailing cake, later cut and handed out to passengers who were enjoying the anniversary sailing.
Shieldhall Chief Engineer Graham Mackenzie was delighted at reaching the 500th voyage milestone. ‘It is a credit to our loyal band of volunteers that Shieldhall is 500 voyages strong, with the promise of many more to come. We are all united in our love of steam and keeping the tradition of steamships in Southampton going strong. The first steam packet companies operated out of Southampton in the 1820s and nearly 200 years later passengers can still get to appreciate this wonderful mode of travel. Shieldhall is a living time capsule, the skills of our volunteers fast belonging to a forgotten age. However, thanks to a recent HLF grant we have been able to secure her future for many years to come, and are reaching out to new audiences who have never set foot on board a steamship. The smell of the steam, the distinctive sound of the Shieldhall whistle, the opportunity to feel the heat of the Boiler Room - these are experiences that are never forgotten by our passengers.’
Today Shieldhall is the largest operational, passenger-cargo steam ship in Britain. A member of the National Historic Fleet she serves as a sea going tribute to Britain's maritime heritage.
Posted by Lewis Folland, Fri 7 Jul 2017