Steamship Shieldhall, Southampton

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The Steamship Shieldhall is the largest working steam ship in Britain. A member of the National Historic Fleet she serves as a sea going tribute to Britain's maritime heritage. As a passenger you too can experience the golden age of steam by booking on an excursion or visiting her in Southampton.

You can hire the whole ship or join us for an excursion. You can relax in one of the quietest, smoothest ships on the sea. You can visit the engine room and bridge. Smell the steam or the polish or both! Meanwhile, you can still hire the ship for parties, weddings or meetings alongside the berth in Southampton.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We went on a day trip on SS Shieldhall on Sunday 6th August 2017 to watch the yachts setting out on the Fastnet race. A Wonderful old Steamship lovingly looked after and run by a great team of volunte...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    A fine day for a trip around Southampton water, it was nice to be able to tour around the ship including engine room, bridge and steering gear. A bar and snacks available.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The steam ship is one of a small fleet of historic ships which are operated on a non-profit association. About 20 volunteer crew members, mostly retired professionals, such as such as the captain, organize the operation and restoration. Several ladies prepare snacks and provide passengers me drinks. The revenues go to the operation and maintenance of the ship. The special features are the original state of the steamer, the accessibility of all areas, like bridge, engine room or boiler plant and the very friendly crew, everything shows that one and explains, what you want to know about the ship and the operation. As well, the experienced crew explains special features to the town, Harbour, land marks and ships, which happens to be. Our exit was best weather in the Solent at the start of the famous Fastnet race, good 600 nautical miles from Cowes, around the Fastnetfelsen, on the South coast of Ireland and back to Plymouth. The spectacle of nearly 400 starting yachts as well as numerous accompanying boats, television and press was outstanding to watch aboard the Shieldhall. That was a completely successful trip.
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  • May 7, 2017
    Wonderful experience. The ship is run by volunteers really interested to keep her running. One of the oldest steamships still working and running about in the UK. Worth a visit.
  • November 10, 2016
    Fantastic trip on the SS Shieldhall. Highly recommended for anyone in or around Southampton. They took us to see the docks all the way up to where the container ships dock and unload and down to Fawley where the Oil Tankers load. A commentary was provided explaining everything along the way. When returning we passed 4 cruise liners and both them and the Shiedhall blew their horns at each other. As visitors you are allowed on the bridge and in the engine rooms where the volunteer crew are very welcoming and ready to talk about their ship. A fantastic day out.
  • October 7, 2016
    Interesting day on this boat. Got to see the engine room which was very warm. Had a bacon bap in the cabin area. Nice view of the sea and dockyard. Had an old style bus drive us down to it and they day we went it was all free :) Would recommend to others.
  • January 9, 2017
    Got a wonderful tour of the ship. The volunteers who are working here are super friendly and helpful. Recommended.
  • May 6, 2017
    Living history with which you can really interact.

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