Thames Ship Society

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             2020 Programme              (Updated 27th November 2019) 

The provisional programme of events for 2020 is shown below.

In addition to the trips listed below, which have confirmed dates, the committee is also considering trips to Le Havre, Aberdeen and Gibraltar – more information about those trips will be posted as it becomes available.

Saturday 25th January 2020 (12:00 to 17:00) - Winter Social at Dover

Once again we have decided to return to the Dover Marina Hotel located on the seafront at Dover for the Winter Social.

Please come along and meet old friends, or treat your partner, friends or family to an afternoon in the company of those with similar interests. On a clear day the hotel commands uninterrupted views of the main shipping channel across to the French coast, and nestling under the historic White Cliffs, the hotel fronts onto Dover's regal promenade. Why not make the social into a long weekend. Take a day trip to France, or visit some of the nearby historical sites and towns in Kent.

The afternoon's events will include time for a chat with old friends before a three course lunch in the Chartwell Suite, followed by coffee. Bar facilities are available at cost. After lunch, a slide show will be given, taken from Andre van Hee's collection of photographs from TSS Continental Tours of the 1990s.

Date confirmed - bookings being taken.

Saturday 18th April 2020 - AGM in Southampton

This year we will return to Southampton for the AGM on board the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene. The day will start with a three course lunch. After lunch the AGM will take place which will give opportunities for members to ask questions to the committee.

Following the AGM, there will be a private cruise on the Ocean Scene. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, Fawley and Hamble and will provide the opportunity to see all types of vessels from the largest container ships, vehicle carriers, cargo ships and cruise ships in Southampton and variety of tankers at Fawley and Hamble. The route of the cruise will depend upon the tides and weather on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

Saturday 9th May 2020 - South West Ship Show

The TSS will have a table at the South West Ship Show.

Owing to the success of the 2019 show, the 2020 show will be extended across two halls. It will be held at the same venue : BAWA Social Club, 589, Southmead Road, Filton, BRISTOL, BS34 7RG.

TSS Committee members will be on hand to answer questions, so come along and have a chat with us.

Date confirmed.

Photos from our June 2019 Solent Cruise.

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UASC's SALAHUDDIN inbound in Southampton water for the container terminal.

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CHEM NEW ORLEANS arriving at Fawley with the tug APEX.

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CHRISTINE berthed in the River Itchen.

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SWAMI loading scrap at Princes Wharf.

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AZURA departing for Warnemunde.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Saturday 16th May 2020 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip will have something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. This trip will depart from Town Quay in Southampton, on board Solent and Wightline Cruises vessel Ali Cat. This cruise will cover Southampton, Portsmouth and the Solent, including St. Helen's Anchorage (weather and tides permitting). The trip will last for six hours.

Ali Cat has an open deck area as well as large enclosed saloon with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, Fawley and Hamble, Portsmouth Harbour, St Helen's Anchorage and the Solent and will provide the opportunity to see all types of vessels from the largest container ships and cruise ships in Southampton, a variety of tankers at Fawley and Hamble, Naval vessels and ferries at Portsmouth and any vessels anchored in St. Helen's anchorage. The rotation will depend upon the tides and weather on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

Sunday 21st June 2020 (09:00 departure) - Rotterdam and Europoort Cruise on Partyschip Diane.

The ‘Diane’ Rotterdam / Europoort / Maasvlakte cruise is always one of the highlights of the year for many people where it is possible to observe and photograph all types of ships in the Rotterdam, Europoort and Maasvlakte port complexes. This cruise will last for 10 hours (09:00 to 19:00). We will endeavour to cover as much of the Rotterdam and Europoort complexes as time permits. The intention is to sail as far upriver as the Waalhaven and downriver, covering Botlek Harbour, the Caland Canal, Europoort and Maasvlakte 2, however, the exact routing will be decided upon on the day by the Tour Leaders, in consultation with the vessel’s Captain, taking into consideration timings, tides, weather, etc.

Participants will be responsible for organizing their own travel to and from Vlaardingen in order to join the cruise. There are many ways of travelling to and from Rotterdam / Vlaardingen without incurring too much expense, as long as the travel is booked well in advance to take advantage of cheap(er) tickets. For example, participants could catch the overnight Harwich / Hook of Holland ferry, returning the following night. Another route is by Eurostar from London, or Ebbsfleet, to Brussels from where there is a regular train service to Rotterdam; or by flying to Rotterdam, or Schiphol (Amsterdam) from where there is a direct train to Rotterdam leaving about every 20 minutes.

Date confirmed.

Photos from our June 2019 Diane Cruise.

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MUNICH MAERSK departing from Maasvlakte 2.

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Bulker SOFIA in Botlek.

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MERCS JAFFNA moored in Waalhaven.

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Greek tug Christos XXII in Lekhaven.

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The new dredger VOX AMALIA in the shipyards at Wiltonhaven.

Photos by Roger Hammond.

Photos from our July 2019 Solent Cruise.

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THE WORLD anchored in the Solent off Cowes.

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HAMBURG BRIDGE in the Solent bound for Southampton.

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The ro-ro ARROW in St. Helens anchorage.

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HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in Portsmouth.

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P&O's ARCADIA departing from Southampton.

Photos by Chris Brooks.

Saturday 18th July 2020 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip will have something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. This trip will depart from Town Quay in Southampton, on board Solent and Wightline Cruises vessel Ali Cat. This cruise will cover Southampton, Portsmouth and the Solent, including St. Helen's Anchorage (weather and tides permitting). The trip will last for six hours.

Ali Cat has an open deck area as well as large enclosed saloon with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, Fawley and Hamble, Portsmouth Harbour, St Helen's Anchorage and the Solent and will provide the opportunity to see all types of vessels from the largest container ships and cruise ships in Southampton, a variety of tankers at Fawley and Hamble, Naval vessels and ferries at Portsmouth and any vessels anchored in St. Helen's anchorage. The rotation will depend upon the tides and weather on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

Saturday 5th September 2020 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip has something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. As with recent Solent cruises, this trip will depart from Town Quay in Southampton, on board our old favourite, the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene. The trip will last for six hours.

Ocean Scene has two open deck areas as well as large enclosed saloons with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. Lunch will be provided and the bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, which are served by some of the largest containerships afloat. Other regular visitors include cruise ships, bulk carriers, reefers, vehicle carriers and coasters. Fawley and Hamble should provide excellent opportunities to photograph all types of tankers. The furthest extent of our cruise, Portsmouth Harbour, will provide the opportunity to see Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries and possibly some ferries. The rotation will depend upon the tides on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

Photos from our September 2019 Solent Cruise.

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NYK WREN at the container terminal.

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JIF ARTEMIS off Lee on Solent.

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ETRETAT departing from Portsmouth.

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ISLAND FLYER departing from Southsea for Ryde.

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GARNET LEADER departing from Southampton.

Photos by Roger Hammond

 

 

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