A new summer ‘steamer’ service linking Penarth with Flatholm and Weston Super Mare has just been launched with the first sailing (yesterday) attracting 38 passengers.
The diesel Island Class passenger ferry “Westward Ho” has now been licensed to enter Cardiff Bay and has operated the first regular run of the year from Penarth to Flatholm . She operates from the passenger-ferry pontoon at the Penarth end of Cardiff Bay Barrage (near the Custom House) from where she crosses to Flatholm – offering passengers a same-day return trip to Flatholm and back. Passengers can also use her as a ferry from Penarth to Weston Super Mare.
The Westward Ho is MCA-licensed to carry up to 100 passengers at a time. She’s being operated by the well-established company MW Marine of Weston Super Mare and now has a full schedule of sailings throughout the summer – and the winter – from Penarth. The full passenger timetable can be seen on this web site:- http://mwmarine.org/index.php/sailing-schedule
The man behind MW Marine is Martin Woolls of Weston Super Mare who once worked for P&A Campbell Ltd and has been in the marine business for 30 years. The “Westward Ho” is now offering a far more extensive service from Penarth than the paddle steamer “Waverley” which – as previously reported by PDN (http://tinyurl.com/nmxjwbn) – is only sailing from Penarth on six days this year.