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BALMORAL was built in 1949 as the flagship of the Southampton Red Funnel Fleet, and was used on their Southampton to Cowes service and on coastal excursions, mostly around the Isle of Wight. In 1969, she was transferred to the Bristol Channel, where she became flagship of the famous P&A Campbell White Funnel Fleet of excursion ships. Although based in the Bristol Channel, BALMORAL made occasional visits to the South Coast and North Wales. Her days under Campbell management came to an end in 1980; the ship was eventually sold and she had a short spell as a floating restaurant in Dundee.

In 1985, BALMORAL was bought by supporters of WAVERLEY, the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, and after major renovation, triumphantly re-entered service in 1986 as support ship to WAVERLEY. Further major work, carried out with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, was undertaken in 2003. This included new engines and refurbishment of the ship’s Dining Saloon. Since then, further restoration of passenger facilities has been carried out, most notably of the ship’s main Britannia Lounge, with support from The People’s Lottery.

balmoral and waverleyBALMORAL is based in Bristol, with maintenance being carried out during the Winter months by a dedicated band of volunteers who, with their predecessors, have supported the ship since her operational preservation began in 1986.

Following extensive cruising programes in 2015 and 2016, Balmoral will sail again in 2017 - but only if our Appeal for donations and other assistance is successful. Please click on the "HELP US" button (above) for details of ways to donate; also the "MEMBERSHIP" button for information on how to join our charity and if you would like to volunteer, please visit the Volunteer> section for more information.

 
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BALMORAL is currently in Bristol, with maintenance carried out by a dedicated band of volunteers who, with their predecessors, have supported the ship since her operational preservation began in 1986.

The co-operation of Bristol City Docks and Bristol Council has been essential to enable this to happen in a year when finances have dictated that BALMORAL is not operating her traditional programme of cruises.

You can help by volunteering, please visit the Volunteer> section for more information.

 
 
 

MV Balmoral leaving Bristol - 17th June 2009

 
 
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