Progress made in MV Balmoral effort

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:59 17 March 2015

MV Balmoral at MShed

MV Balmoral at MShed

SINCE the Bristol-based MV Balmoral was awarded £344,000 thanks to a Coastal Communities Fund Grant, preparations have been moving quickly to ensure she will be sailing from Clevedon Pier as soon as possible.

It has been decided to sail a much shorter summer programme based mainly around the Bristol Channel with plenty of work being put in to meet the Balmoral’s first provisional cruise date of June 19.

Paul Doubler said: “The 2015 timetable is being frantically finalised and should be available soon. It is planned that there will be sailings this summer up and down the Avon, with regular calls at Clevedon and all the Bristol Channel ports, harbours and piers.”

A new operating company in charge of marketing the vessel is currently being set up with adverts placed for a captain and senior officers. Administration and office staff will also be taken on in the near future which means suitable office accommodation is required.

Paul said: “If anybody can help with knowing of any possible premises, or being able to offer the ship even temporary accommodation, Balmoral’s volunteers would be extremely grateful to hear from you on 07767 894690.”

While great strides have been taken in getting the ship back to sea, fundraising remains a priority. To help with this, a series of events are being held on the ship on March 21 and 27, including a clairvoyance evening and a country and western band.

For updates on the Balmoral’s progress, timetables and ticket details visit

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