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A Very Warm Welcome to MV Balmoral!

We have an exciting programme of sailings planned for 2018 but to ensure that this wonderful ship sails,
we need to raise a substantial sum of money in a short period of time.

Details are set out in the letter (below) from our Trustees.

If you feel you would like to assist, donations can be made by simply clicking on the "My Donate" logo (above)
or a Donation Form can be downloaded by also clicking above. Being a charity, MV Balmoral Fund will also benefit from a refund of tax if you are happy to indicate accordingly.

Thank you so much for your interest and for any help that you are able to provide to help retain the wonderful experience of coastal cruising around the UK .

MV BALMORAL is owned by a charitable trust, MV Balmoral Fund Ltd., which is run entirely by volunteers.

The Situation Now: National Appeal is Launched

It is well documented that we have had for so many reasons another very poor season. We have to face up to yet another huge challenge if Balmoral is to sail again in 2018. To this end we are launching as a necessity a New National Balmoral Appeal.

For full details please go to front page of our website www.mvbalmoral.org.uk

A copy of the appeal letter will go out shortly to over 12,000 members, supporters, volunteers and passengers. It will also go in the usual shipping magazines. The letter explains the very serious situation we find ourselves in once again. But this of course is not new to us and our ship.

Things have appeared hopeless in our brief past, but somehow or other we have always prevailed and Balmoral “against all odds” has sailed again. It must not be underestimated the challenge in front of us this time.

It is fully appreciated that we are once again appealing to the people who love the ship and have helped so often in the past. We hope that you retain the faith you have shown previously. The irony is that when we sailed we are showing 40% growth in passenger numbers. We (if we just had some luck) have something very special a wonderful part of our National Maritime heritage that must sail on into the future.

For the benefit of not only us today but for future generations. She is a “National Treasure” the very last of her type and in her sailing days this summer gave so much pleasure to so many. She is the ultimate coastal cruising vessel, a beautiful ship that reaches the piers, ports and harbours other vessels cannot reach.

She gives a unique wonderful day out. Again we ask for your help. If anyone feels they have any idea’s or thoughts how to assist Balmoral we would be delighted to hear from you. We are always open to and very much welcome any new ideas for fund raising or assistance - indeed anything that will help our ship going forward.

Please write to Paul Doubler at press@mvbalmoral.com Thank You.


 
 



 
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MV Balmoral is one of our greatest national treasures, and during her 65 glorious years as Britain's most travelled excursion ship, this much-loved grand old lady has acted as a royal cruise ship, she has taken part in the Coronation Fleet Review of Queen Elizabeth II and acted as consort to another queen when she accompanied majestic RMS Queen Mary on her final departure from British waters in 1967.

  • In July 2004 HRH The Princess Royal cruised aboard the BALMORAL during a charter for the Mission to Seafarers from Portishead. The royal standard was hoisted from Balmoral's mast for the event

  • Balmoral acted as companion vessel to the QE2 in 1995. She was on charter to the Cunard line to transport passengers anchored in the Forth off Edinburgh. The distinguished passengers on board again included HRH Princess Anne who started that year's Tall Ships Race later in the day

  • HRH The Duke of Edinburgh became a passenger on Balmoral in 1958 when he opened the docks at Shoreham
hrh princess anne the princess royal on board balmoral 2004
Please see the Heritage> and Heritage News> sections for more fascinating facts, photos and ciné film relating to the incredible heritage of this historically significant ship.
 
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For many years Britain has lead the way in transport technology. Many famous ships, trains and other forms of transport are either still operational or preserved in England's many transport museums and historic dockyards.

Britain has lead the way in maritime engineering technology ever since Victorian engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel perfected steam engine technology with his SS Great Britain and the SS Great Western. In the early part of the twentieth century cruise liners such as White Star line RMS Titanic, Olympic and Britannic entered service, along with Cunard line RMS Mauritania, Aquitania and Lusitania, which lead the way in ocean-going speed and luxury. Modern liners such as Queen Mary II, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria are currently leading the way in modern ocean-going luxury.

Those who couldn't afford an ocean-going voyage took advantage of day-excursion ships such as PS Consul, PS Embassy, PS Ryde and MV Royal Daffodil. Companies such as Cosens of Weymouth, the Caledonian Steam Packet Company and Red Funnel operated coastal excursions providing happy days out for many people over the years.

MV Balmoral entered service in 1949, she was built to replace the paddle steamer PS Balmoral which was built in 1900 but not reconditioned after World War II. For the past 65 years she has served as an Isle of Wight ferry and provided coastal excursions on the Bristol Channel, South Coast and London/Thames Estuary.

MV Balmoral has become a vessel of national historic significance, and is featured on the National Historic Ships Register>.
This website showcases many famous British steam ships, motor vessels, barges, tugs, clippers and tall ships.

Other British ships of note include:

  • PS Waverley: The world's last remaining seagoing paddle steam ship which is owned by the UK Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS). The society also owns a coal-fired paddle steamer, PS Kingswear Castle, currently based on the river Dart in Devon.
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard Ships: HMS Gannet • HMS Cavalier • HMS Ocelot
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ships: HMS Victory • HMS Warrior • HMS Mary Rose
  • Other Historic Ships: SS Great Britain, Bristol • Cutty Sark, Greenwich • HMS Belfast, London • Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh • PS Medway Queen, Gillingham Pier, Kent • SS Shieldhall, Southampton
  • Museums: The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich • The Imperial War Museum London • Museum of London Docklands
 
 

 
 
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