A morning family cruise on Sat 30th May between 11am and 1pm saw a party of Vikings on board, marking 1000 years of King Canute in Southampton. Sunday 31st May saw Shieldhall set sail on a lunchtime 3hr Live Music Excursion, with Johnny Cash tribute band ‘Cash Converted’ on board.
Shieldhall is considered to be the largest passenger-cargo steamship still active in Europe, and passengers are invited to explore her engine and boiler rooms and access the bridge during their time spent on board. Run by volunteers, the steamship was the recipient of a Heritage Lottery Grant two years ago, and over the winter has seen a number of improvements to her facilities on board.
New ladies and gents heads have been installed, together with a volunteer mess room, whilst interpretation panels and children’s logbooks are being introduced.
‘We are looking forward to the 2015 season’ said Marketing Director Nigel Philpott. ‘Shieldhall has undergone her sea trials and our crew can’t wait for the season to commence. All the hard winter work pays off when we can fire up the engines and take Shieldhall out into Southampton Water and beyond.
2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Shieldhall in Glasgow, and we have a full programme of cruises to mark the occasion.