Friday 19th August Penarth and Newport to Ilfracombe

Supporting the preservation and operation of paddle steamers Waverley and Kingswear Castle

Friday 19th August Penarth and Newport to Ilfracombe

A fine day with light winds forcast, Balmoral set off from Penarth with over 100 aboard for the morning cruise to Newport where about 200 more boarded for the return to Penarth and onward cruise to Ilfracombe.

Balmoral on the River Usk
coming alongside Chuch St Wharf, with the Transporter Bridge in the background

At Penarth a lot of passengers disembarked and a lot more embarked.  With about 400 aboard we set off for Ilfracombe. With Captain Steve Colledge aboard (not in command) we were treated to a closeup view of the Welsh coast as far as Rhoose before crossing to the English side. On arrival most got off for 2 hours ashore, some remained aboard for an Atlantic Coast cruise, they were joined by about 50 for the, what turned out to be a 90 minute cruise (methinks – personal opinion – that £17 for the cruise was a bit steep).

boarding at ‘Combe

Back aboard, the return sailing was very pleasant – flat sea, light following breeze and warm evening sunshine – another fine days sailing on the Bristol Channel.

Peter Havard