24 July 1820 saw the introduction of the first steam packet between Southampton and the Isle of Wight when The Prince of Cobourg began the first of her three-times daily voyages on Southampton Water. One year on (!) from this notable anniversary, join the Shieldhall and enjoy displays and entertainment for the occasion! Shieldhall will welcome guests The Selsea Shantymen, whilst colour and spectacle will be provided by local Steampunk groups.
See the departing cruise ship Queen Victoria on Shieldhall’s return to berth (subject to confirmation), always the cue to sound Shieldhall’s distinctive whistle and play the ‘Shieldhall Organ’!
As part of your cruise, 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 steering gear (similar to that used on Titanic); talk to the Captain and volunteer crew; pass close to the great ocean liners and container ships; listen to an informed commentary on the sights and sounds of Southampton Water and the Solent; 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, available on all trips.
Children will have fun with an interactive Shieldhall Log Book, collecting stickers from various stations on board!