14, 2012 Historic
Balmoral won't sail by Burnham in 2013 as it takes
a year off
historic 50 year-old ship Balmoral will not be sailing by Burnham-On-Sea
on its annual trip to Bridgwater in 2013, the company that runs
it has announced this week.
The ship usually passes Burnham on one day each summer
on its way to Dunball, near Bridgwater, to collect passengers
booked on excursions around the Bristol Channel.
the charitable organisation that oversees the ship has decided
not to runs its usual sailings next summer.
Waverley Excursions' Sarah Kinloch told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
Balmoral's operation has been hampered increasingly in recent
years by extreme weather conditions. This has led to many cancelled
or disrupted sailings, which has had a significant impact on the
ships contribution to our charity."
we are unable to predict the weather for 2013, but after taking
a wide range of considerations into account, we have decided reluctantly
that it would be too great a risk to operate Balmoral next year
and that doing so would increase the threat to the future of both
are not in a position to take such a risk and so will only be
operating our second ship, the Waverley, in 2013."
added: "At the moment Balmoral is being looked after on a
care and maintenance basis by volunteers in Bristol."
are looking at alternative ways of utilising the ship in 2013
and over the coming months we will seek to identify a robust operating
programme to offer the prospect of returning her to service in
2014 and beyond."
will operate its usual extensive programme and will be visiting
all the areas she has served for so many years.
charity said it had been "a very difficult decision"
but that it considers it offers the best way in the current circumstances
to ensure Waverley's continued operation.
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