Motor Vessel Balmoral

Updated 29 June 2016

Motor Vessel Balmoral is now owned by the MV Balmoral Fund Limited.

She re-entered service with her new owners on 19 June 2015.


Balmoral at anchor in the Sound of Iona, 1 May 2000.

Image by Stuart Cameron

M.V. Balmoral is a classic passenger ship built in 1949 and sailed around the coasts of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man every year from 1985 to 2012.   She was operated during this period by Waverley Excursion Ltd in support of Paddle Steamer Waverley.  Subsequently she has been laid up in Bristol City Docks, latterly under the care of the M.V. Balmoral Fund Limited.  Ownership was formally transferred from Waverley Steam Navigation Co Ltd to MVBFL on 25 March 2015.  For full details of the latest news visit the MV Balmoral Fund Limited web site or White Funnel Ltd web site.

This unofficial Paddle Steamer Waverley web site is maintained by Martin Longhurst . Please note that all enquiries regarding all business matters must be addressed to MV Balmoral Fund Limited. by post, phone, fax or email.

The views expressed on this site are not necessarily those of Waverley Excursions Limited, MV Balmoral Fund Limited, White Funnel Limited or the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.

Balmoral Blurb

Articles about the ship and her sailings

Two Thames Trips June 2016

From the Purser's Office - July 2012

From the Purser's Office - June 2012

The 2011 Purser's Tale – Part 2

The 2011 Purser's Tale – Part 1

The 2010 Purser's Tale - Part 4

The 2010 Purser's Tale - Part 3

The 2010 Purser's Tale - Part 2

The 2010 Purser's Tale - Part 1

A Purser's Tale - Part 4

A Purser's Tale - Part 3

A Purser's Tale - Part 2

A Purser's Tale - Part 1

Two Ships Day 2009

Final Sailings of 2008

September's Indian Summer

Stormy Channel Season

Mid Term Report

Balmoral's Manx Visit

Balmoral's Start of Season

Manx Weekend

HTV Charter

The QE2 from Balmoral

Millport Illuminations

Balmoral from the QE2

 North East Visit

 Day Trip to Rye

 Visit to the Republic of Ireland

Balmoral Draw Prize Winners 2006

Bournemouth to Yarmouth

Sailing down the Avon

Winter Work 2005-06

Setting sail for the start of the Season

Winter Work 2004/05

In Dry Dock - 2

In Dry Dock - 1

Balmoral on the Thames

Into Service 2004

New pictures in Gallery

Regeneration Year 2 - 3 May 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 28 April 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 16 April 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 14 April 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 3 April 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 20 & 24 March 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 16 March 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 5 March 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 18 February 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 7 February 2004

Regeneration Year 2 - 31 January 2004

Balmoral Sails to Sharpness 9 January 2004

Winter Work Parties

Leaving Ilfracombe

 Off Swansea

 In the Avon Gorge

 Cruise from Clacton

 Passing Broadstairs

 At Whitehaven

 Northern Ireland Report

 At Bangor, Co Down

Sailing Reports 28 & 29 June 2003

Balmoral Gallery

Voyage Report 29 June 2002

From Southwold to the Capital

Balmoral re-opens Southwold Pier

Mostyn Duck Broken!

Balmoral in Dry Dock

Balmoral Regeneration Project

Progress Reports

Articles about the 2002 Season

Balmoral in Dry Dock

Sailings in 2001

Balmoral becomes a MacBrayne 'Steamer'

A Bonny Day at Carrick Castle

Millport Illuminations 2001

Red Funnel Friday

Forth Five Islands Cruise

Cruise to Newcastle

Bal and Ben, 19 May 2001

Sailings in 2000

Down the Thames from Tower Pier, 9 July 2000

Cruise to view P&O's Aurora 18 June 2000

Fort William, the Four Lochs and Corryvreckan

Columba’s Sacred Isle

Through the Small Isles to Canna

Round the Mull to the Hebrides

Through the Kyles to Tighnabruaich

First Glasgow Sailing of 21st Century

Tall Ships Cruise 16 April 2000

Balmoral returns to Service 11 April 2000

Refit Pictures

Pictures of Balmoral in Dry Dock at Sharpness

Sailings in 1999

Eclipse Report - Cruise to Totality (Non-landing) - 11 August 1999

Report on Balmoral's First Cruises of the 1999 Season

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