SS Shieldhall is a heritage cargo / passenger steamship included in the National Historic Fleet, based in Southampton and operated by a team of dedicated volunteers.
Launched on the Clyde in 1955, she was built on classic lines and retains her original machinery and traditional wheelhouse. Withdrawal from commercial service in 1985, she was purchased by charity The Solent Steam Packet Limited which continues to operate Shieldhall today.
It’s access all areas on board Shieldhall! As part of your cruise, see Shieldhall’s impressive engine room with its original steam engines at work and 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 her crew; listen to the commentary of 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 Titanic Ales, wine, ice cream and hot and cold food, available on all trips. Children will have fun with an interactive Shieldhall Passport, collecting stickers from various stations on board!
Enjoy the cruising style of yesterday, as it used to be – today!
Shieldhall is based at Berth 110, Western Docks, Southampton but for the majority of her trips will be sailing from and returning to Berth 48, Dock Gate 4, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO14 2QN. Between 27, 28 and 29 August 2019 Shieldhall can be visited alongside in Poole, from where she will be sailing out to the Bournemouth Air Festival on 30 and 31 August and 1 September, before returning to Southampton, before returning to Southampton on 2 September.
For those arriving by train when Shieldhall is at Berth 48: When arriving at Southampton Central Station, walk out to the south (Pure Gym) side, and you can catch the QuayConnect bus to Town Quay. QuayConnect is free to Red Funnel Ferry ticket holders – there is a charge otherwise of £2 for a ticket. This is valid all day and for multiple trips. Get off the bus at the top of the Quay. Then, facing the High Street, turn right towards the Eastern Docks. Walk approx. 200m to the next set of lights by the Old Bowling Green and turn right into the Docks. You may need to show your ticket to security at the barrier gate. You will see Ocean Terminal ahead and to your right. Walk to the right of Ocean Terminal and Berth 48 / Shieldhall will be at the far end. Allow approx x 15 mins to walk from Town Quay to Berth 48. A QuayConnect timetable can be accessed using the following link:
* SS Shieldhall 2019 provisional programme. Please visit www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk for up-to-date information.
Sat 25 May – Head to the Solent Cruise Titanic Theme, 3pm – 6pm
Sun 26 May - Southampton Docks Cruise, 2pm – 4pm
BH Mon 27 May - Solent Cruise to The Needles 11.30am – 6pm
Sat 15 June 2019: Head to the Solent Cruise and see 4 cruise ships depart 4pm – 7pm
Sun 16 June 2019 - Father’s Day Sailing with Shieldhall Stompers Jazz Band, see 3 cruise ships depart 2pm – 6pm
Sat 29 June – Cruise to see the Round the Island Yacht Race and 5 cruise ships depart, 10am – 6pm
Sun 30 June 2019 – American Independence Day Cruise with Shieldhall Stompers Jazz Band, 2pm – 6pm
Saturday 13 July - Solent Cruise to see 4 cruise ships depart 4pm – 7pm
Sunday 14 July - Eastern Solent Cruise and see 4 cruise ships depart 2pm – 6pm
Sat 3 August - Trip to the Needles 11.30am – 6pm
Sun 4 August - Solent Cruise to see 5 Cruise ships depart 3pm – 6pm
Sat 10 August 2019: Solent Cruise to see 5 Cruise ships depart 3pm – 6pm
Sun 11 August 2019: 10am – 12noon – Southampton Docks Cruise and see the 3 Queens in berth
Sun 11 August 2019: 1pm – 3pm - Southampton Docks Cruise and see the 3 Queens in berth
Sun 11 August 2019: 4pm – 7pm - Southampton Docks Cruise and see the 3 Queens depart
Friday 16th August – Cowes Fireworks Cruise – 5.15pm – 11.59pm
Saturday 17th August – Music Cruise with tribute band RU40 4pm – 8pm
Sun 18 August – Cruise to see the yachts depart in the Fastnet Race and visit the Nab Tower! Timings 9.30am – 6pm
BH Monday 26 August,One way trip to Poole 10am – 4pm
Fri 30 August – Bournemouth Air Festival 10am – 7pm
Sat 31 August – Bournemouth Air Festival 10am – 7pm
Sun 1 September – Bournemouth Air Festival and Merchant Navy Day Service 10am – 7pm
Mon 2 September – Poole to Southampton 10am – 4pm
Saturday 14 September, 2019 - Heritage Open Day Cruise, 4pm – 6pm
Sunday 15 September, 2019 – Boat Show Cruise, 3pm – 6pm
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