Balmoral passes Burnham-On-Sea during sail-by
The historic 50 year-old ship Balmoral glided past Burnham-On-Sea on its annual trip to pick up passengers this morning (Monday, September 13th).
Balmoral was on a trip up the River Parrett to Dunball, near Bridgwater, to collect several hundred passengers booked on an excursion around
the Bristol Channel.
was met in Burnham by the Harbour Master and docked
in Dunball before setting sail a few minutes later with the passengers onboard.
ship saied by Burnham last September, but cancelled its visit in 2008 due to bad weather. It is the oldest and largest ship to sail by Burnham each year.
Balmoral was built in Southampton in 1949 and operated under the
Southampton Red Funnel Fleet for 20 years. She
then moved to the Bristol Channel where she became the last member
of P&A Campbell's famous White Funnel Fleet. When operations
ceased in 1980, the Balmoral moved to Dundee to become a floating
restaurant, and there she stood, gradually falling into disrepair
until she was rescued by the friends and supporters.
returned to service in 1986 and to this day operates her main
summer season in the Bristol Channel, offering day excursions
to various coastal resorts, as well as making visits to other
ports and piers throughout the UK in the spring and autumn.
Winter 2002, the Balmoral was fitted with new engines, thanks
in part to a £750,000 contribution from the Heritage Lottery
Balmoral can accommodate up to 750 passengers and has a restaurant
onboard plus two licensed bars, a heated observation lounge and
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