Calshot History 2005 – to date – Tug Tender Calshot Trust Ownership Years

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10th May, 2005.   Ownership of Calshot was transferred from Southampton City Council to  the Tug Tender Calshot Trust.   The ships bell was symbolically handed over by Councillor Peter Wakeford, Deputy Leader of the Council, to Terry Yarwood, Chairman of the Trust.

REMEThe Tug Tender Calshot started its programme of refurbishment in 2005.    Replacing metal window surrounds on starboard side by 17 Port and Maritime Regiment REME volunteers

Metal Panels27th June, 2005.  The next major phase of the restoration of Calshot commenced.   Volunteers from 17 Port and Maritime Regiment R.E.M.E., started work on replacing all the metal panels of the port side undercover alleyway.

engine30th January, 2007.   Port and starboard engines are running again after a decade of being idle.

Funnel18th September, 2008.   The Vosper Thornycroft built funnel extension being positioned to restore it to the original height of 30 foot.

Crowning GloryA perfect fit and the funnel is once again Calshot’s crowning glory!

QM226th December, 2003.   The Cunard liner, Queen Mary 2 arriving in the Port of Southampton for the first time, prior to the naming ceremony by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.   Guests of the Tug Tender Calshot Trust celebrated the arrival of Queen Mary 2 on board Calshot, to welcome the Cunard liner on such an important occasion.

QV11th December, 2007.   The maiden voyage departure of the Cunard liner Queen Victoria, was celebrated on board Calshot.

QE211TH November, 2008.   The final departure of the Cunard liner Queen  Elizabeth 2.   160 guests assembled early on board Calshot to salute QE2 on her final voyage to Dubai.

FireworksFireworks filled the sky and numerous vessels escorted QE2, the most famous liner in the world, as she sadly left the Port of Southampton for the last time.   This was a unique and noisy occasion as the blasts from the QE2 whistle slowly died away in the distance forever.

SignalsCaptain Dave Barringer conducts the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals.

13th May, 2010.   The Tug Tender Calshot Trust is actively involved in Port of Southampton activities.   The Trust organised a Help For Heroes Charity Concert at the Queen Elizabeth II Terminal.   The Guest of Honour was the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan.   The concert featured the music of the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals and television historian Dan Snow was guest speaker.   Port Director, Doug Morrison, described the concert as ‘fantastic’.

QE12th October, 2010.   The maiden voyage departure of the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth, was celebrated on the Tug Tender Calshot

Berth 505th April, 2011.    The Tug and Passenger Tender Calshot, was relocated from berth 42 to berth 50.   At long last, Calshot has a permanent berth.   Calshot today is a precious link with the past, for the vessel has survived whereas many of her predecessors and contemporaries have long since gone.   She deserves to be seen once again with the pride and dignity of a vessel of her importance.   In restoring the vessel it will be a tribute to the men and women who designed, built, worked, travelled and served aboard during her long career.    Calshot deserves pride of place in the Port of Southampton – her home port.

Whenever the opportunity arises, the Tug Tender Calshot Trust organises an event which ensures community involvement within the Port of Southampton   Because of the success of the first Help For Heroes Charity Concert, a second concert was organised by the Trust and held on 14th September, 2011.  The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps performed an excellent selection of ‘Music from the Movies, Theatre and the Proms’.   Dame Mary Fagan, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, was our Guest of Honour.

BeautifulThe beautiful Calshot as she is so fondly remembered in the Port of Southampton.