Hundreds of people boarded the excursion ship Balmoral and the Flatholm ferry Westward Ho at Penarth Pier this morning to enjoy some of the last sailings of the season.
More than 331 passengers joined Balmoral at Penarth for a day trip to Ilfracombe today and Penarth Pier dealt with the loading of two ships within minutes of each other .
As Balmoral’s passengers were boarding, the Flatholm ferry Westward Ho arrived at the Penarth Pier and had to hold position just off the pier until Balmoral was ready to put to sea with a total of 625 passengers .
Westward Ho boarded 35 passengers at Penarth Pier – all bound for a day visit to Flatholm Island.
For Penarth Pier and its staff – including Piermaster Peter Andrews – it’s been one the busiest mornings of the summer season.
Today’s trip will return at to Penarth 19:00 hours
On Monday September 5th Balmoral is sailing from Penarth to Padstow departing at 09:30 from Penarth – but the return journey from Padstow is by coach.
Meanwhile passengers shouldn’t take too much notice of the chalked message on the pier notice-board (above) which says “last trips aboard” . In fact Balmoral will return to Penarth on September 30th for a further series of sailings extending into October .
Meanwhile the paddle steamer “Waverley” has arrived back in the Bristol Channel to carry out her short season of sailings from Penarth Pier.
Tomorrow, Friday September 2nd the paddle steamer Waverley sails from Penarth on a cruise of the River Severn and the Holm Islands taking in two landings at Clevedon Pier – departing Penarth 09:30 and returning at 17:30
On Saturday September 3rd Waverley sails from Penarth at 10:30 for Ilfracombe and a cruise of the Exmoor Coast returning at 20:30 . On Sunday Sept 3 Waverley sails from Penarth at 09:30 for Ilfracombe and Lundy Island and on Monday Sept 4th sails from Penarth for Clevedon and a Holm Islands cruise at 12:30 returning at 18:45 .