Thursday, 13 December 2012

MV Balmoral finished with engines . . . ?


On Wednesday 12th December Waverley Excursions Ltd, operators of Waverley and Balmoral made a statement ending much speculation regarding the operation of MV Balmoral in 2013 - see here

It is interesting to note the wording that ''Waverley Steam Navigation, the ships owners will set up a group to look at alternative ways of utilising the ship in 2013 and to seek a robust operating programme to offer prospects of a return to service.'' This suggest's Balmoral's career with Waverley Excursions is over after 26 years and paddle steamer Waverley will go it alone. Over Balmoral's 63 years in service she has generated a dedicated band of supporters she will need them more than ever in the coming months . . .

More information on the ship can be found on the National Historic Ships Register.




4 comments:

Perranlady said...

Oh dear, such a pity, but I suppose that the Waverley must come first - wouldn't it be wonderful to have a really good Summer ! Sue

Perranlady said...

Piece on BBC Spotlight tonight about the Kingswear Castle being brought back to the River Dart from the Medway. I gather the only coal powered paddle steamer left - looked superb ! Sue

Chris Jones said...

Hi Sue, yes one of the bigger stories in ship preservation. Home after 47 years. She will be something special to sail on next year . . next time you're in Truro take a look in the river by Marks and Spencers/Bus station, at Lemon Quay. Thats her sistership . . .

Perranlady said...

Know the one you mean - bought plants from there in the past. Think it was a restaurant at one time as well - pity for it to be just sitting in the mud !
Have a good Christmas ! Sue