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A brand new experience on Steamship Shieldhall for 2019

New steam experience – a unique opportunity to help raise steam and take Shieldhall out to sea during her programme of summer cruise



Heritage steamship puts the flags out

Volunteers on heritage steamship, SS Shieldhall, are celebrating having received one of the highest accolades from a national organisation. The Southampton-based vessel has been chosen as the 2018 regional flagship for the National Historic Fleet. The award was given not just because of the ship’s unique history but also in recognition of the work put […]



Thomson smashes 24-hour distance record

Alex Thomson today smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours notching up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht. Thomson, 42, is currently in second place in the Vendee Globe just 70 miles behind French race leader Armel Le Cleac’h with 1,000 miles to go to the finish line. […]



Vendee Globe 2016 – 2017

Hampshire sailor Alex Thomson onboard Hugo Boss was one of 29 sailors taking part in the gruelling Vendee Globe solo, non-stop around the world race. He smashed race records but his hopes to win the race, which would have made him the first British skipper in the race’s 27-year history to do so, were dashed as […]



‘From Cabin “Boys” to Captains: 250 years of Women at Sea’ book launched to mark Shieldhall’s first cruise of 2016

Steamship Shieldhall, Southampton’s hidden heritage asset, commenced its sailing programme for 2016 on Saturday 4 June with a 2-hour morning cruise of the Southampton Docks, followed by an afternoon cruise down Southampton Water. In between the two cruises, Shieldhall welcomed author Dr Jo Stanley aboard, for a launch of her book ‘From Cabin “Boys” to […]



Book launched of miraculous Clipper Race rescue

Exactly one year after his incredible Man Overboard rescue in the North Pacific Ocean, a round-the-world sailor has released a book which details his incredible fight for survival. Andrew Taylor, 47, a novice sailor on the longest ocean race around the planet – the Clipper Round the World Race Yacht Race – was hit by […]



Legendary British sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston departs UK for highly anticipated return to solo ocean racing

45 years after becoming the first man to sail solo, non-stop, around the world in 1968/69, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, now aged 75, is the oldest skipper competing in the 3,500 mile transatlantic solo classic Route du Rhum race, starting from St Malo, France, in early November. On Wednesday 22nd October the famous Clipper Round the […]



45th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s circumnavigation of the globe

Legendary Hampshire sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, now 75, celebrates the 45th anniversary of his historic solo circumnavigation of the planet on 22nd April 2013. On that date in 1969 he sailed into Falmouth and into the record books as the first man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed in his 32-foot boat Suhaili. He […]



25th anniversary ‘In Preservation’ celebrated in style on SS Shieldhall

The history of SS Shieldhall, now based at Berth 48, Eastern Docks, Southampton, is well documented. Originally serving as a ‘Clyde Banana Boat’ carrying a cargo of treated sludge, she was sold in 1977 to fulfil a similar role for Southern Water, but was withdrawn in 1985 and laid up pending disposal and possible scrapping. The Southampton University Industrial […]



Ben Ainslie smashes Round the Island record

Sir Ben Ainslie broke the 2013 Round the Island Race record by 16 minutes. He dedicated the win to Olympic sailor and friend Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson who died recently in a sailing accident. Starting in Cowes, Ainslie and his crew circumnavigated the Isle of Wight in two hours and 52 minutes in the 45ft America’s […]