Passengers help historic ship restoration

By Richard Wright

Monday, March 31, 2014

 

Passengers help historic ship restoration

Kevin George, CEO of Red Funnel, left, presents the cheque, to Terry Yarwood, of the Calshot Trust, with other members of the trust.

PASSENGERS have played a part in the restoration of a ferry which was part of Red Funnel’s fleet for decades.

Red Funnel chief executive Kevin George presented Terry Yarwood with a cheque for £13,406, raised by Red Funnel customers.

Mr George said: "We are very grateful to our customers for donating this money to help restore Calshot.

"The ship played an important part in Red Funnel’s history and we are all very keen to support the Calshot Trust in their ongoing efforts to raise sufficient money to fund the major restoration work that is still needed."

Calshot was built by John I Thornycroft & Co Ltd, at Woolston, for Red Funnel in 1929 and certified to carry 566 passengers.

She played her part in the Second World War and was requisitioned by the government to tender the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.

On D-Day, in 1944, HMS Calshot served as a headquarters ship at the Juno landing and re-joined Red Funnel’s fleet in 1946, remaining in service until 1964.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Ed Checkley

1st April 2014, at 08:35:01

A really fantastic donation. Hope to see the PS Calshot touring the Solent one day offering trips and promoting our maritime heritage.

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by Den Young

31st March 2014, at 22:01:05

maybe the trust could run the ferry across the Solent, nice thought

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by neil jacks

31st March 2014, at 12:41:26

Nice story, maybe abetter pic of the Calshot?

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