The excursion ship Balmoral had to cancel today’s scheduled cruises adn return to Penarth Pier because of last-minute technical problems.
Balmoral had had to cancel yesterday (Sunday’s) sailings because of high winds in the Bristol Channel – but earlier today her crew had issued a tweet on the “Twitter” social medium saying all today’s sailings would be going ahead according to plan.
The ship had anchored off Penarth overnight and berthed at the head of Penarth Pier at at eight oclock this morning.
PDN reader Tim Hughes says Balmoral departed on her scheduled cruise to Clevedon – but only got half-way before having to turn back to Penarth . Engineers reported there was an electrical fault with the ship’s generator which meant all today’s programmed sailings had to be cancelled.
Engineers were working on the fault as she lay alongside the pier . She later moved out to her usual anchorage off Penarth and it’s hoped she will be able to carry out tomorrow’s scheduled sailings as planned.
The generator is understood to be one of the items of the ship’s machinery for which the M.V.Balmoral Trust was raising funding to replace.