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


You will have read in the current edition of Paddle Wheels the article about Balmoral written by Nick James. The proposals for static use in Bristol this year are still under discussion, and we hope for an outcome shortly.

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)...

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 Harbour to...

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...
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