M.V. ‘BALMORAL’ IS THE UK’S NATIONAL FLAGSHIP OF 2016

MV Balmoral - which is scheduled to make 50 sailings from Penarth Pier this season - has been awarded the title UK National Flagship of the Year

MV Balmoral – which is scheduled to make 50 sailings from Penarth Pier this season – has been awarded the title UK National Flagship of the Year

The vintage excursion ship  M.V.  “Balmoral” has been awarded the title of UK National Flagship of the Year  by National Historic Ships UK .

Martyn Heighton, Director of National Historic Ships says the award has gone to MV Balmoral  for what he called “her outstanding and extensive UK programme. “

Martyn Heighton

Martyn Heighton: Director of National Historic Ships

Mr Heighton says “The recently-formed MV Balmoral Fund Ltd submitted an extensive and very well presented public UK-wide coastal cruising programme ranging from Scotland, through North Wales and the Bristol Channel and the South coast, round to London.”

Balmoral will now receive a cash prize of £500 for investment in the vessel and a special Flagship Broad Pennant to fly at her masthead.

The award is made to the ship which si judged to offer  the best  “seasonal programmes which engage with the public through festivals, demonstrations, offering on-board cruises, quayside visits, educational programmes, participation in races and similar activities.”

The Royal Yacht Britannia escorted by dozens of small craft and by MV Balmoral as she passes Penarth Head

MV Balmoral (right) was much in evidence as the Royal Yacht Britannia escorted by dozens of small craft a passed Penarth Head in 1977 when the Queen left Cardiff after the Silver Jubilee celebations

Apart from fulfilling her annual excursion schedules MV Balmoral will now become a flagship and floating ambassador for National Historic Ships UK .

Balmoral now has an extra pennant to hoist on her masthead.

Balmoral now has an extra pennant to fly from her masthead.

National Historic Ships UK advises the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and a range of grant giving organisations on priorities for ship conservation and is the official voice for historic vessels in the UK.  It maintains the National Register of Historic Vessels, which lists over 1,000 significant historic vessels – including, of course, Balmoral.

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2 Responses to M.V. ‘BALMORAL’ IS THE UK’S NATIONAL FLAGSHIP OF 2016

  1. Fishhenge says:

    Well deserved too.

  2. AK says:

    Looking forward to its arrival at Penarth, and also PS Waverley for my annual trip to Ilfracombe !

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