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MV Balmoral

 Sunday 5th October 2008 I was down at Greenock to see the QE2 sail in, also there that day was the Balmoral full of passengers on a QE2 site-seeing trip. See the QE2 below in the background


short 1 minute video taken as the Balmoral approached.


MV Balmoral was built in Southampton in 1949 and operated under the Southampton Red Funnel Fleet for 20 years. She then moved round to the Bristol Channel where she became the last member of P&A Campbell's famous White Funnel Fleet. When they ceased operation in 1980, Balmoral moved to Dundee to become a floating restaurant, and there she stood, unsuccessful & gradually falling into disrepair, until she was rescued by the friends & supporters of the PS Waverley.
She returned to service in 1986 and to this day operates her main summer season in the Bristol Channel, offering day excursions to popular Coastal Resorts, as well as making visits to other ports & piers throughout the UK in Spring & Autumn. Coastal cruising, once a great British tradition, remains alive & well in the care of Waverley Excursions and the operation of the Balmoral and Waverley.
In Winter 2002, Balmoral was fitted with new engines. The Project was dependent on nearly 150k being raised through the help of the Public Sector & local Councils, Supporter Societies and on-board Fund raising Activities which in turn secured a further 3/4m contribution from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This money has now been used to replace the engines but has also helped carry out additional improvements to enhance passenger comfort. For more detailed information on the Balmoral, please visit the supporters website at

Balmoral is a classic passenger ship and sails around the coasts of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man every year. She is inspected annually by the British Martime and Coastguard Agency and is certificated for up to 800 passengers. She is equipped with heated lounges, dining saloon, licensed bars and has a large open deck.

Motor Vessel Balmoral is operated by Waverley Excursions Limited in support of Paddle Steamer Waverley.





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