About This Attraction
SS Shieldhall is a heritage cargo/passenger steamship included in the National Historic Fleet. Launched on the Clyde in 1955, she was built on classic lines and retains her original machinery and traditional wheelhouse. Withdrawn from commercial service in 1985, she was purchased by charity The Solent Steam Packet who continue to operate Shieldhall today. She is
now based in Southampton and operated by a team of dedicated volunteers. Enjoy her annual sailing programme ranging between 2hr and all-day cruises, taking place between May and September.
It is ‘Access all Areas’ on the Shieldhall, so make the most of your time on board. As part of your cruise, see the impressive engine room with itsoriginal steam engines at work, and delve into the Boiler Room where the temperature can be in excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit! Climb the stairs leading to 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 crew; listen to the informed commentary as Shieldhall passes the sights of Southampton Water and The Solent; pass close to the Great Ocean Liners and container ships; walk the teak decks; enjoy some deck games; relax in the Saloon with a wide range o refreshments including tea/coffee, real ale, a range of bottled Titanic Ales,
wine, ice cream and hot and cold food, available on all trips. Children will have fun with Shieldhall’s interactive Passport, collecting stickers from various stations on board! There is plenty of covered seating on board but also the chance to enjoy the British weather from the open decks!
Enjoy the cruising style of yesterday, as it used to be – today!
Disabled Access – Shieldhall is an elderly vessel, built for the conditions of the time and built to do work. Therefore, she does have very steep stairs, and high cills (approximately 12 inches, 300mm) on entrance doors. Thus, people in wheelchairs can experience some difficulty when aboard. Our boarding process usually takes place onto the upper (boat) deck, depending on the state of the tides at the time, and that deck does not have any toilets.
However, if in any doubt, please do either ask further questions or, better still, come and visit us to see for yourselves what facilities exist. There are crew aboard every Wednesday and Saturday to advise you.