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MV Balmoral, A Unique Heritage

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 twice acted as a royal yacht, she has taken part in the Coronation Fleet Review of Queen Elizabeth II, and has acted as consort to another queen when she accompanied the majestic RMS Queen Mary on her final departure from British waters in 1967.

To showcase the heritage of this amazing vessel, we now need your pics, ciné film and personal memoirs - so if you have a photograph, Youtube video or story to share about the 'Bal' we would be delighted to hear from you, please email kieran68@hotmail.com

Please Link Exchange With Us ...

To date we have over 400 'referrers' i.e. websites, forums and other online resources linking to mvbalmoral.org.uk. The number of hits on the website is in direct proportion to the amount of referrers, and the number of financial donations we receive is in direct proportion to the amount of hits.

Therefore it is vital to continue increasing the amount of referrers linking to our website - If you own of know of any relevant website, forum or other online resource relating to heritage and/or maritime, please request a link to the Bal website from the website manager. We will be delighted to reciprocate, please check out mvbalmoral's links page to see how your link can be displayed.

Furthermore if you are a member of any relevant forums or newsgroups, it would be much appreciated if you could post a message informing people of our website and its important function. A link to the Bal website could also be added to your profile on your Facebook/Twitter page etc.

Regards and many thanks
Kieran McCarthy, Website Manager
email kieran68@hotmail.com


We Need Your

  • Photos
  • Ciné Film
  • Personal Memoirs

If you have a photograph, Youtube video or story to share about the 'Bal' we would be delighted to hear from you!

Please send your material to our website manager for publication in this section:

email: kieran68@hotmail.com


Photos from the Wester Isles 2012
Courtesy of Jane Ann Liston
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** PHOTO GALLERY** Courtesy of Trevor Bradley
Balmoral at St. Mary's Isles of Scilly in 1972


Balmoral at Carlingford & Newry, Ireland 2007

Some stunning photos provided by Aubrey Dale **Click Images to Visit Page**


** PHOTO GALLERY ** Balmoral in Her Heyday
Some stunning photos provided by Dave Basset
**Click Images to Visit Page**


MV Balmoral @ Clevedon Pier, Courtesy of Geoff Hale
A double DVD on behalf of the local Civic Society for sale locally – it is still on sale at Clevedon Pier
A video of Balmoral arriving and departing (twice from different views) in September 2008


** NEW ** Balmoral Photo Gallery, Courtesy of Tom Lee
Some stunning photos and ephemera of historical significance
**Click Images to Visit Page** Many thanks Tom for this!


Many thanks Mike Cornick for this wonderful image of Balmoral going astern from Porthcawl!


Many thanks Geoff Hale for the following two stunning pics of his last voyage on Balmoral – from Clevedon to Lundy for the annual church service in 2008, where his partner sang in the choir with Timothy West and Prunella Scales!


Some Latest Photos from Balmoral's Amazing Red Funnel Era!


Some Rare Photos from Balmoral's White Funnel Era


balmoral heritage

  • 1953 - BALMORAL takes part in the Coronation Fleet Review of Elizabeth II at Spithead

  • 1958 - BALMORAL becomes a Royal Yacht when HRH The Duke of Edinburgh becomes a passenger when he opens the new docks at Shoreham

  • October 1967 - BALMORAL escorted the three-funnelled RMS QUEEN MARY on her final departure from Southampton

  • June 1977 - BALMORAL takes part in the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review of Elizabeth II at Spithead

  • September 1987 - BALMORAL makes her first ever call at London and passes under Tower Bridge. She later has her first rendezvous with the KINGSWEAR CASTLE during the 'Grand Parade of Steam'

  • 1989 - BALMORAL attended the start of the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race

  • May 1991 - BALMORAL became the Isles of Scilly ferry when she took over from SCILLONIAN III

  • 1991 - BALMORAL re-opened Eastbourne Pier to pleasure steamers

  • May 1992 - BALMORAL provides cruises as part of the Brighton Festival

  • 1992 - BALMORAL re-opens Blackpool North Pier to pleasure cruises and provides cruises to Llandudno and Morecambe Bay

  • September 1993 - BALMORAL makes her final call at Cardiff Pier Head

  • June 1994 - BALMORAL attended the Spithead Fleet Review to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D-Day

  • June 1994 - BALMORAL became a central feature of the centenary celebrations of Tower Bridge when she offered cruises to and from London as well as cruising to see the spectacular centenary firework display

  • July 1995 - BALMORAL undertook cruises to coincide with the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race on the Firth of Forth

  • June 1996 - BALMORAL embarked on a unique cruise to Boulogne from Eastbourne. Passengers enjoyed over four hours ashore in France

  • May 1998 - BALMORAL provides cruises to view the world's largest liner GRAND PRINCESS from Portsmouth

  • May 1998 - BALMORAL calls for the first time at the newly-restored Penarth Pier

  • July 1998 - BALMORAL provides cruises to view the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race at Plymouth

  • 2001 - BALMORAL had a new red, black and gold funnel to become MacBrayne's CLYDESDALE for a BBC TV programme

  • 2002 - BALMORAL became the first excursion ship to use the new Southwold Pier. Over 400 passengers enjoyed the first trip to London since 1924

  • July 2004 - HRH The Princess Royal cruises aboard the BALMORAL during a charter for the Mission to Seafarers from Portishead

  • June 2006 - BALMORAL cruises to Calais to become a central feature of the festival to commemorate the bi-centenary of the Port of Calais

  • June 2006 - BALMORAL is chartered at Rotterdam for the Volvo Around-the-World Yacht Race and becomes a grandstand for guests viewing the spectacle of the race

  • June 2012 - BALMORAL became the first large excursion ship to call at the newly-restored Town Pier at Gravesend

  • July 2012 - BALMORAL operates cruises from Weymouth to view the spectacular Olympic Games events at Portland

  • July 2012 - BALMORAL operates special cruises to celebrate P. & O's 175th birthday at Southampton


MV Balmoral Escorts the RMS Queen Mary from Southampton



PS Waverley and MV Balmoral Meet for the First Time


Vintage Excursion Ship MV Balmoral in Lulworth Cove, Dorset


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