Thames Ship Society

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             2022 Programme              (Updated 10th November 2021) 

The provisional programme of events for 2022 is shown below.

Please note that all events in the 2022 programme are subject to change and possible cancellation due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Saturday 12th March 2022 (12:00-17:00) - Spring Social

Once again we have decided to return to the Dover Marina Hotel located on the seafront at Dover, but this time for a Spring 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.

The afternoon's events will include time for a chat with old friends before lunch. Bar facilities are available at cost. An after lunch presentation of shipping interest will be given.

Details in the January mailing.

Saturday 2nd April 2022 - South West Ship Show

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

Owing to the success of the 2019 show, it is hoped the 2022 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.

Saturday 23rd April 2022 (12:00 departure) - AGM, 60th Anniversary Celebration and Solent Cruise

This year we will hold the AGM and TSS 60th Anniversary Celebration on board the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene in Southampton. We will have a full Solent cruise including Portsmouth and Southampton Harbour. The AGM will take place and there will be a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the TSS including a buffet lunch.

The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, Fawley, Hamble and Portsmouth Harbour 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 a variety of tankers at Fawley and Hamble to naval ships and ferries in Portsmouth. The route of the cruise will depend upon the tides and weather on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions on the day.

Details in the January mailing.

Photos from our 2021 AGM Cruise.

Apollon-Highway---22-May-2021

Vehicle carrier APOLLON HIGHWAY at Southampton.

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The new cruise ship VIKING VENUS at Portsmouth.

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The bulk carrier BELNOR arriving in Southampton.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Sunday 12th June 2022 (10:00 departure) - KRVE 71 Rotterdam Cruise

We are planning to hire the tour boat KRVE 71 operated by Rotterdam based KRVE (Rotterdam Boatmen) for an eight hour cruise of the Rotterdam and Europoort port complex, covering the same area as our previous Rotterdam cruises on the Partyschip Diane, subject to the weather, tides and Captain's instructions on the day.

The trip will start at Vlaardingen at 10am and finish at 6pm. KRVE 71 is licensed for 90 persons, though at the moment she is restricted to 70 and has two decks, a main saloon with seating, a bar, cloakroom and toilets, plus an open upper deck. Details of the vessel can be found on the KRVE website.

A three course hot and cold buffet will be included and drinks will be available from the bar at cost.

Date confirmed - bookings are being taken.

Photos from our June 2021 Solent Cruise.

Michalis---26-Jun-2021

MICHALIS inward bound in Southampton Harbour.

RFA-Tidesurge---26-Jun-2021

RFA TIDESURGE in Portsmouth Harbour.

Eco-Universe---26-Jun-2021

Gas tanker ECO UNIVERSE in St Helens anchorage.

Arcadia---26-Jun-2021

P&O's cruise ship ARCADIA outward bound in Southampton Water.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Saturday 9th July 2022 (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.

More information will become available in the January 2022 mailing.

Wednesday 27th July 2022 - River Thames Sailing Barge Trip

We are hoping to organise a trip on the lower reaches of the River Thames, on a Thames sailing barge. The trip would start at Gravesend.

More information will become available in the January 2022 mailing.

Wednesday 17th August 2022 - River Orwell Sailing Barge Trip

Following the success of the 2021 River Orwell sailing barge trip, we are again planning a trip on the sailing barge Thistle, embarking at Harwich and covering Ipswich and Felixstowe ports.

More information will become available in the April 2022 mailing.

Photos from our 2021 Orwell Cruise.

Thistle---25-Aug-2021

Our boat for the trip - the 1895 built sailing barge THISTLE.

YM-Everest---25-Aug-2021

YM EVEREST getting raeady to sail from Ipswich.

Maersk-Kleven---25-Aug-2021-2

MAERSK KLEVEN at Felixstowe.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Photos from our September 2021 Solent Cruise.

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Bulk carrier SSI INVINCIBLE II passed us in the Solent bound for Southampton.

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EPIC ST. GEORGE in St. Helens Anchorage.

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HMS DARING in Portsmouth.

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MSC VIRTUOSA in the Western Docks, Southampton.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Saturday 3rd September 2022 (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.

More information will become available in the April 2022 mailing.

September 2022 - Kiel Canal Trip

We are planning a four or five night trip to the Kiel Canal based at Rendsburg in the four star Hotel ConventGarten.

The hotel is situated on the banks of the Kiel Canal at Rendsburg and is an ideal location to view shipping passing through the canal. The ports of Hamburg and Kiel can also be reached by train from Rendsburg.

More information will become available early in 2022.

 

 

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