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Cruise to the Nab Tower and Mark Shieldhall's 65th Birthday

5th July 2020

10:00 - View all performance times

Steamship Shieldhall , 110 Berth

Information: 0844 357 2329

Shieldhall is 65 years young in 2020, having been launched on the River Clyde, Glasgow, on the 7th July 1955. Shieldhall was in the service of the Glasgow Corporation, where she carried treated sludge out to deep water south of Garroch Head off the Isle of Bute. Sold to Southern Water in 1977, Shieldhall continued her sludge disposal role before rising costs saw her withdrawn from service and threatened for scrap, before being purchased by the Solent Steam Packet Charity, who continue to operate Shieldhall today.

Join the volunteer Shieldhall crew as we mark her 65th birthday by journeying out to the Eastern Solent and the near mythical Nab Tower, recreating the journey Shieldhall carried out for Southern Water during the mid-1980s, when she visited the nearby ‘dumping grounds’. On your return pass the cruise ship Arcadia - always the chance to sound our whistle and play the ‘Shieldhall Organ’!

As part of your cruise, see the 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 our volunteer crew; listen to the informed commentary on the sights and sounds of Southampton Water and The Solent; pass close to the great ocean liners and container ships; walk the teak decks; relax in the Saloon with our wide range of refreshments including tea / coffee; real ale; a range of Titanic bottled beers; wine and hot and cold food, available on all trips.

Children will have fun with our interactive Shieldhall Log Book, collecting stickers from various stations on board!

Event Dates


Dates Performance Duration Tickets Links
5 Jul 2020 - 10:00 8 hours Standard - Min: £54.00 | Children - Min: £12.00 | Family - Min: £120.00 Book Tickets

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