It’s been announced by the MV Balmoral Trust that the pleasure ship “Balmoral” – for so many years a staple part of the summer scene in Penarth – will not be sailing at all in 2019.
Balmoral operated several coastal excursions from Penarth in 2015, 2016 and 2017 but was unable to sail this year – and now it’s been confirmed that she will also be out of action next year.
The ship is said to require “substantial and costly upgrading” before being able to meet the stringent regulations which would allow her to carry passengers again. MV Balmoral Fund announced that “despite their best efforts, insufficient progress has been made to enable the ship to return to service in time for the Summer 2019 season”.
MV Balmoral was built in 1949 for the Red Funnel service between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. In 1969 she moved to the Bristol Channel as part of the P&A Campbell White Funnel fleet.
Balmoral was acquired in 1984 by Waverley Steam Navigation Company, joined the National Historic Ships Register in 2002 and transferred to her current owners MV Balmoral Fund Limited in 2015 when she again returned to Penarth .
She operated coastal excursions in 2015, 2016 and 2017 but requires substantial and costly upgrading before she can carry passengers again.