Enjoy the golden age of steam at sea… in Ludgershall near Andover! Although Ludgershall is most definitely landlocked, our superb talk evening this winter will bring life on the ocean wave right into the heart of the town during our nautical evening about the largest working steam ship in Britain!
The SS Shieldhall is an amazing working steam ship and visitor attraction based in Southampton and one of the last surviving ships of its type. A member of the National Historic Fleet, she serves as a sea-going tribute to Britain’s maritime heritage.
The illustrated presentation will cover the history, planning, building and service days of SS Shieldhall from its working life on the Clyde in Scotland right through to preservation and the present day where it is now a much-loved volunteer-run visitor attraction offering cruises along the Solent and further afield in the summer months.
This is a fascinating evening not to be missed, with all proceeds going to support SS Shieldhall and Crofton Beam Engines’ charitable work!
Date: Friday 21 February 2020, 7:00 for 7:30pm
Venue: Ludgershall Memorial Hall, Andover Road, Ludgershall, Nr Andover SP11 9LZ
Online tickets available by following this link: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-life-times-and-history-of-ss-shieldhall-tickets-91620791253
direct from the Crofton Office on 01672 870300 or by email to crofton.manager@katrust org uk
About Tonight’s Speaker
Graham Mackenzie has been the Chief Engineer of SS Shieldhall since January 2014 and a member of the engineering team since joining in 1993. Graham was elected as Chairman of the Society from 1998 until 2002, when work pressure forced a retirement from that position, only then to be appointed as Managing Director of the trading operation from 2002 until 2013. Graham has successfully project managed various projects funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund from 1998 through to the present day. In 2005, Graham self-published a book: “The Shieldhall Story – the first 50 years” and the last few copies will be available to purchase on the night at just £15.00.
In “real life”, Graham was a Project Manager in the IT industry after working through the ranks from the late 1960s until taking early retirement in January 2003. In parallel, Graham was an active member of the Royal Naval Reserve from 1964 until retirement in 1994 and for the last 20 of those years, was a Chief Engine-room Artificer. So, in effect, he had two careers running in parallel to each other, in IT and in the Navy.
About the SS Shieldhall
You too can experience the golden age of steam by booking on an excursion or visiting the ship in Southampton! Indeed, you can hire the whole ship or join just for an excursion relaxing on one of the quietest, smoothest ships on the sea. You can visit the engine room, take a place in the bridge, and smell the steam or the polish or both! Please see www.ss-shieldhall.co.uk for full details about the ship and how to book tickets for cruises in 2020.
This event is hosted by and is in support of Crofton Beam Engines, Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. www.croftonbeamengines.org Registered Charity: CC209206. There will also be fundraising for SS Shieldhall’s owners The Solent Steam Packet Ltd, an Industrial and Provident Society, registration number 26065R, with charitable status, operated by The Solent Steam Packet (Services) Ltd.