Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Balmoral in Passenger Service

After leaving Glasgow and the Clyde last Wednesday Balmoral was forced to take shelter in Douglas, Isle of Man due to the prevailing wind which prevented her first 3 advertised passenger sailings taking place. It was not until 6am on Sunday (17th June) before she departed Douglas and headed to Garlieston to board her first passengers of 2012. She arrived off Garlieston in plenty of time but waited off until 9:45 to ensure sufficient water at the small pier. Passengers were quickly boarded and she departed just after 10am to head back to Douglas where most enjoyed the afternoon on the island. Many took the option of travelling by steam train to rejoin Balmoral at Port St Mary and then enjoy an excellent coastal cruise back up the East coast of the island to Douglas. The journey back to Garlieston was pleasant with flat seas and mainly clear skies.

Balmoral arriving at Garlieston
Isle of Man Steam Railway-picture taken at Port Erin
Much of the steel decking in the starboard alley way had to be replaced during the past winter,
as such the wooden decking was also replaced as shown in the photograph.
Balmoral at the end of her first day in passenger service.

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