Calshot History 1996-2005 – Tug Tender Calshot Trust Early Years

EArly7th December 1998.   Calshot was moved to Husband’s shipyard for repairs and maintenance below the waterline.

Associated British Ports agreed to a request by the Tug Tender Calshot Trust for a berth in the Eastern Docks.  Calshot returned to the Port of Southampton, berth 42, on 17th December 1998.

Berth 42 17th December 1998.  Calshot at berth 42 in the Port of Southampton.

On the 4th November 1999 a reception was held in the Queen Elizabeth II Terminal, courtesy of A.B.P. to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the launch of Calshot.  In November 1999 the National Historic Ships Committee declared that Calshot be a National Treasure and an important part of the UK’s maritime heritage. She is now  designated to be of “Pre-eminent National Significance” in the Core Collection of the National Historic Fleet. 25th September, 2000.   Calshot was featured in the television programme “Heritage – Love It Or Lose It!   Terry Yarwood was interviewed on board the vessel by Ross Benson.

Eastleigh College19TH May, 2003.   One of the two bridge telegraphs restored by Eastleigh College students, being returned to Calshot.

Mary FaganThe Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan inspects the Guard of Honour.

 4th November, 2004.   The 75th Anniversary of the launch of Calshot was celebrated in the Queen Elizabeth II Terminal by kind permission of Associated British Ports and later on board Calshot.   The Guest of Honour was the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mrs. Mary Fagan.   Also present was the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Dennis Harryman, the Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Edwina Cooke and many guests from the port community.