HUNDREDS BOARD ‘BALMORAL’ & ‘WESTWARD HO’ AT PENARTH PIER

The queue to board Balmoral stretched more than half-way down the pier this morning

The queue to board Balmoral stretched more than half-way down the pier this morning

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 .

The Flatholm ferry Westward Ho waits off Penarth Pier this morning to come alongside

The Flatholm ferry Westward Ho waits off Penarth Pier this morning to come alongside

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 .

Balmoral manouevers away from the pier head to allow Westward Ho to come alongside

Balmoral manoeuvres away from Penarth Pier and sets course for Ilfracombe as Westward Ho comes alongside

The sailing season is about to come to an end

The sailing season is about to come to an end

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.

Today the paddle steamer Waverley was sighted passing the Monkstone lighthouse off Penarth

Today the paddle steamer Waverley was sighted passing the Monkstone Lighthouse off Penarth

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 .

 

 

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3 Responses to HUNDREDS BOARD ‘BALMORAL’ & ‘WESTWARD HO’ AT PENARTH PIER

  1. Robert says:

    What lovely pictures, thank you. It’s made my day seeing all those people waiting to board. Wish I’d been there. Lovely to see ships loading off the pier. Long live Balmoral, Westward Ho, and the Waverley.

  2. Helen Highwater says:

    This explains why there was nowhere to park yesterday, near the beach, there were hundreds of parked cars but few people about.

  3. AK says:

    Looking forward to seeing PS Waverley over the weekend. I was in Scotland last week, and sailed on her on her home waters on the Clyde from Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute all the way into Glasgow.

    The family home of the Marquis of Bute on the island is called Mount Stuart, hence the familiar Bute and Mount Stuart names in Cardiff and Cardiff Bay area.

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