Setting sail for the start of the Season

Pictures by Chris Jones & Dick Clague

Unfortunately work on the winter refit overran slightly and Balmoral missed her first day on service on the Bristol Channel on 25 May 2005.   In the event, bad weather would have prevented the sailing in any case.

Here the vessel calls at Penarth Pier on 26 May 2005, standing in for the Waverley, stormbound at Fishguard (Chris Jones).



Balmoral made her first as per schedule sailing of the season on Sunday 29 May from Bangor/Donaghadee to Peel/Port Erin. In common with the Waverley, she had cancelled on Saturday because of the weather. 
Here she is arriving at Port Erin and alongside the Raglan Pier at Port Erin - her first call at the Manx port for 9 years. (Dick Clague)

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