Steamship Shieldhall has cancelled her 2020 sailings due to COVID-19. A full statement can be found at www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk. Shieldhall’s volunteers are looking to launch the ship’s 2021 programme (representing the Shieldhall’s 30th year afloat as a charity) later this summer.
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 Withdrawn from commercial service in 1985, she was purchased by charity The Solent Steam Packet Limited who continue to operate Shieldhall today.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 its original 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 of 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!