Balmoral had a good complement of passengers aboard for her last round-trip cruise of the 2017 season from Penarth Pier  – destination Ilfracombe

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.

At 06:45 am Monday October 9th 2017. Balmoral arrived at Penarth Pier for what may well turn out to have been the last passenger carrying trip of her very long career. As dawn broke she sailed to Bristol to be laid up and have maintenance work done – but didn’t sail this year and now it’s been announced that “not enough progress” has been made to enable her to sail again next summer

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.

MV Balmoral : The crew slept on board overnight in wooden cabins below decks – which no longer meet legal standards

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.

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  1. Christopher -David says:

    Sad. Maybe WG could do something useful to help. It’s an excellent advert for Penarth et al and sure to help the economy as well. Oh and of course its enjoyable.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Like what? Buy it or bung them some money?
      Which they would try and hide for commercial reasons!!

      • Christopher -David says:

        You wouldn’t understand. I think you’re labouring (heh coward Leslie) under the illusion there are no transparent processes. You just need the right people to do the DG.

    • Lesley says:

      Good God. And there was me thinking we would have just one post/story on here that didn’t contain Labour. Nearly

      • Frank Evans says:

        No mention of labour in my post Lesley. Are you becoming a little paranoid?
        Or are you Lindsay 🤣

    • Big Davey says:

      It could be the new solution for the WG Metro transport system.

      Instead of an M4 relief road around Newport we could all catch the Waverly to Weston and a Charabanc to get to Bridgend….

  2. Clive says:

    Really sad to lose Balmoral from Penarth and the Bristol Channel. Once the highest earning area and highest passenger numbers in the entire country I’m afraid to say that in my opinion the decline started when Waverley Excursions closed down its welsh base in Penarth and Barry and moved lock stock and barrel to It’s Scottish Offices in Glasgow.

  3. Lesley Monger says:

    If all the ports/places where it visits made a contribution towards its upkeep perhaps this would make a difference
    It’s good for Penarth to have this attraction
    So disappointing that another year is to be missed

  4. Jed says:

    What a shame. We lost access to the Waverley because the Scots funded its repair – could we really not do something here for Balmoral?

  5. Ben Salter says:

    The current estimate is £3,000,000 to fix the current problems. The hull basically needs replating.

    • Christopher -David says:

      Yeah that’s a lot. Can’t really asses unless a full business plan is available.

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