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Steamship Shieldhall steams to Poole on Bank Holiday Monday!

Kevin Mitchell

Kevin Mitchell

Southampton’s heritage steamship SS Shieldhall will be undertaking her most scenic trip of the year on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August, when she will sail from Southampton to Poole. The trip will depart Berth 101 (The City Cruise Terminal) at 10am, and Shiedhall will arrive in Poole at approximately 4pm.

On her journey, Shieldhall will pass down Southampton Water, with a commentary identifying the sites of Hythe, Netley Castle, Royal Victoria Park, The New Forest, The Hamble River, Fawley and Calshot, before turning westwards into the Solent and along the southern coast of the New Forest and northern shore of the Isle of Wight. Shieldhall will pass Hurst and the Needles Passage, allowing great views of the famous Needles formation and lighthouse.

Shieldhall’s route to Poole will then see her pass Hengistbury Head and the Old Harry Rocks, before entering Poole Harbour via Sandbanks, and continuing north of Brownsea Island to her destination of Poole Quay.

With a fine weather forecast, Shieldhall’s volunteer crew are looking forward to welcoming passengers out onto the open deck, though the magic of a trip on Shieldhall is the encouragement to ‘access all areas.’ The Engine Room and Boiler Room ‘below decks’ may both be visited (expect the temperature in the Boiler Room to reach 100 degrees on Monday!) as can the Bridge, where passengers may meet the Captain and see the officers at work in the wheelhouse, overseeing Shieldhall’s original 1950s instrumentation and ship telegraphs.

Once in Poole, Shieldhall will remain ‘alongside’ at Poole Quay, opening for visits between 10am – 4pm on Tuesday 27, Weds 28 and Thurs 29 August. Shieldhall will then sail out to the Bournemouth Air Festival on each of Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September, between 10am – 7pm. Shieldhall will be anchored between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, providing the very best viewing for the Air Festival in one of the most stable and smoothest of vessels. An expert commentary will be given on the sights and sounds of the Air Festival.

Nigel Philpott, Shieldhall’s Marketing Director, noted: ‘The volunteer crew all enjoy sailing to Poole as it gives Shieldhall a chance to stretch her sea legs! On the return from Poole last year we were accompanied out of Poole Harbour by a pod of dolphins, providing a spectacle that will live long in the memory for all who witnessed it – fingers crossed for some equally spectacular sights this year!’

Tickets for the one-way trip to Poole are £42 for adults and £15 for children aged 3-16, with a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £99. They may be booked at www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk/excursions, where details are also available on the Bournemouth Air Festival and return trip from Poole to Southampton on Monday 2 September. Ticket holders may also book a return coach trip to Southampton / Poole if they wish, to complete the round trip.

A full range of refreshments, including bacon rolls, homemade vegetable soup, quiches and jacket potatoes, real ale, bottled beers, wine, tea, coffee and ice cream are available on all sailings, served in Shieldhall’s Galley.

(* SS Shieldhall has been recognised as one of the top 10 best-rated attractions in the country,  according to research commissioned by Premier Inn and using data sourced from TripAdvisor. https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/short-breaks/top-rated-attractions.html

Tickets for Shieldhall’s 2019 programme may be purchased online at www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk or by contacting the Ticket Manager on 0844 357 2329 (calls cost 7p per minute from landline, calls from mobiles may vary).
Nigel Philpott, SS Shieldhall Marketing Director, can be contacted on 023 8084 3310 or tickets@ss-shieldhall.co.uk

Posted by Lewis Folland, Tue 20 Aug 2019