Bristol Channel Branch

Waverley On The Move


Having been storm bound, and anchored off Colwyn Bay since Wednesday evening, Waverley is now (Saturday 12.30pm) passing the Lleyn Peninsula heading for the Bristol Channel.  With a fair weather forecast, and at her current speed, she should arrive off Clevedon in good time to start tomorrows (Sunday 31st) scheduled sailing to Penarth, Ilfracombe and Lundy Island. Tomorrows...

Medway Queen Back on the Medway

Medway Queen has arrived safely back on on the River Medway. With a weather forecast for three or four days of light mainly northerly winds, she left Avonmouth under tow of the tug Christine on Friday 15th November, arriving on the Medway on 18th. On 19th she was moved alongside Gillingham Pier, where restoration...

Medway Queen Move – Update 8th November


On Thursday 31st October Medway Queen was towed out of the Albion Dock, through the floating harbour and down the River Avon to Avonmouth.  She will wait there until there is a suitable weather window, to allow the tow proper to commence.  October/November is not a good time for a decent weather window, as the...

Medway Queen Leaves Bristol

On Thursday 31st October Medway Queen was towed out of the Albion Dock, through the floating harbour and down the River Avon to Avonmouth. She will wait there until there is a suitable weather window, to allow the tow proper to commence. October/November is not a good time for a decent weather window,...

Medway Queen – Update 28th October 2013


The tug Christine arrived in Bristol about a fortnight ago in readiness to tow Medway Queen back to the Medway. The necessary certificates to allow MQ to be towed must have now been issued, as she was towed out of the Albion Dock last Wednesday.  A short film of the move can be seen below or...

Balmoral – Update 7th September 2013


The meeting aboard Balmoral last Saturday was very well attended - the Britannia Lounge was packed -standing room only. The main points to come out of the meeting were:
  • Charitable Status should be received before the end of September
  • Over £50,000 has been pledged so far, this will be worth 25% more with Gift Aid
  • Lottery Transition Funding to...

Balmoral – Meeting 31st August 2013


A meeting has been arranged, on board Balmoral (at Princes Wharf, Bristol) at 2.00pm on Saturday 31st August (not the Bank Holiday weekend). The meeting is open to all interested members. The purpose of the meeting is to:
  • give members a progress report.
  • coordinate branch assistance, especially for volunteers to 'man' the ship when she is...

*UPDATED* Balmoral Underway in 2013


Underway, but she didn't travel very far.  Geoff Hale caught her on film moving from her berth on Princes Wharf to a vacant berth further down the dock - the move necessary as her usual berth was required for the Bristol Harbour Festival taking place 26th - 28th July.

The short film footage can...

Official Balmoral Website


An official web site www.mvbalmoral.org.uk has been launched, with full details on how to make donations to the fund to get Balmoral sailing again in 2014 and beyond.

There is a lot more information on the site about plans for the future.  And if you want to be kept informed, you can sign up for the...

Philip (Clive) Power – Scattering of Ashes


The ashes of Captain Phil (Clive) Power will be scattered at sea, on Saturday 1st June (12 noon ?). The RNLI Penarth Lifeboat will be carrying out this duty, just off Penarth Seafront. The family would like all those who knew or worked with Phil to attend.  There will be a 'do' after the scattering, at...

Balmoral 2013 Fund


                                                         
                                                BALMORAL  2013...

*UPDATED* Bristol Channel Timetable 2013


The timetable for Waverley's Bristol Channel sailings is now available on the Waverley Excursions website here and appears below: The annual Milford Haven sailing out to and around the Pembrokeshire Islands - is provisionally scheduled to take place on Tuesday June 25th. Peter Havard...

Notes from Branch Meeting – 24th March 2013


Some news from todays meeting:

Waverley will be sailing on the Bristol Channel from 3rd June to 23rd June inclusive.

Waverley timetable for the Bristol Channel should be on-line in the next few days - the paper timetable should be out in the next two weeks.

Ways of utilising Balmoral in a static role (for 2013)...

New Chairman for PSPS


Members will no doubt be interested in the following announcement that was posted on the PSPS web site on 13th March:


PERSONNEL CHANGES


Following the withdrawal of Balmoral, and aimed at strengthening the way in which the PSPS supports Waverley’s operations, Douglas McGowan and Terry Sylvester return to key positions within our Society. Members will...

PHILIP POWER (Capt, retired) 19/3/27 – 29/11/12


Some sad news that has just been brought to my attention, for anyone who may remember Captain Phil Power.

I regret to announce that Phil passed away  on 29th November, in hospital near Aylesbury.  He had spent the last several months living with his daughter in that area due to failing health.

Phil was the...

Branch Meeting Cancelled


Due to the extreme weather conditions todays branch meeting has been cancelled.  A new date for the meeting will be arranged once the weather improves..........watch this space...

Devsteam Videos


Peter Devrell has uploaded some more videos to his YouTube Channel (HERE).  There's a 7 minute clip of a Waverley sailing from Southampton and Portsmouth to Yarmouth in September.  There are 2 clips (about 10 minutes) of Swiss paddlers and for rail enthusiasts a number of clips of steam engines around the...

Kingswear Castle returns to Dartmouth


On 11th December the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle left the Medway, under tow (by the tug Christine) bound for the river Dart, where she was built in 1924 and plied her trade running river trips, until 1965.  She made good progress down channel in good conditions.  With strong southerly winds forecast, she put into Portland...

Waverley: Greenock / Millport 26 July 2012


Balmoral will be back on the channel in a few days time.  Peter Deverell couldn't wait for a trip so he travelled to Scotland for a cruise on Waverley.  Sailing from Greenock via Helensburgh, Dunoon, Rothesay, and Largs to Millport for a couple of hours ashore - time to cycle around Cumbrea.

Peter shot...

BALMORAL – LYDNEY TO ILFRACOMBE 22 JUNE 2012



Balmoral arrived at Lydney at 08:30 for an 08:45 departure (with this early start there was no “sunrise cruise” from Clevedon this time)  Waiting to board were a disappointingly small number of about 80 (including about a dozen regulars who’d travelled some distance for the sailing – and one chap who’d camped overnight!)

Balmorals’ Bristol Channel season starts next week


Balmoral left Glasgow earlier this week and headed for the Irish Sea for the first 5 days of her summer season.  The weather forecast for the start of these 5 days doesn't look good, but it's looking better for the  last 3 days.

On Tuesday 19th June Balmoral will sail south to the Bristol Channel ready...

UPDATE – PHILIP H TOLLEY Friday 27 April 2012


We are sad to announce, after a short illness, the death yesterday of long time Bristol Channel Branch member Phil Tolley.


A sympathy card has been sent to Phils' wife Audrey on behalf of the committee and all branch members.


The funeral will be held on Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 10.00am. at Totterdown Methodist Church, Bushy...
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