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Balmoral was launched in 1949 in Southampton as Flagship of the Red Funnel Fleet. She was used on the Southampton to Cowes service and on coastal excursions, mostly around the Isle of Wight.

In 1969 she transfered to the Bristol Channel where she became Flagship of the famous P&A Campbell White Funnel Fleet. Her days under Campbells came to an end in 1980 when she was sold and had an unsuccessful period as a floating pub in Dundee.

In 1985 Balmoral was bought by the Waverley Organisation and after major renovation triumphantly re-entered service in 1986 – consort to PS Waverley. In 2003 further major work was carried out with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which included new engines.

Sadly at the end of the 2012 sailing season Balmoral was withdrawn from service by the Waverley Steam Navigation Co. and laid up in Bristol.

Her future appeared uncertain until a small group of supporters and lovers of the ship got together with one ambition. To save her and return her to service.

The MV Balmoral Fund was formed and after being awarded a Coastal Communities Grant in Feburary 2015 she was bought for the principal sum of £1 from her previous owners. “Against all odds” and with a massive effort by so many people she was brought back to service in the summer of 2015.

The Benefits

Join us and enjoy these membership benefits:

Digital Newsletters
Providing a wealth of information and news of Balmoral

Booklet on MV BAlmoral
Written by the maritime author Mike Tedstone

x2 Free Child Tickets per season
Every season, you get two free child tickets for a sailing.

MV Balmoral car sticker
Take the Balmoral with you, wherever you are.

Enamel badge
A high quality MV Balmoral badge signatory badge.

Volunteering Opportunities
Make new friends and get involved, by volunteering on the Balmoral. 

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