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2014 Southampton Maritime Festival 22/23rd August
The second festival had a larger number of heritage displays and many outdoor exhibits.
The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology [Maritime Archaeology Trust] on behalf of the Southampton Heritage Federation arranged the Southampton Maritime Festival, which took on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2013 at the Ocean Cruise Terminal, Southampton. This exciting new event was held to to celebrate the long and proud maritime heritage of Southampton in style. 

The site photographer for the day was CoSS member Ann MacGillivray and with the benefit of glorious sunshine, recorded the event.

CoSS members John Avery and Barry Gilbert were volunteer marshalls for the event.

               Steam Tug Challenge

A highlight of the festival was the arrival of the Steam Tug Challenge as she returns to Southampton, fresh from her recent Heritage Lottery Funded refit. Challenge, built in 1931 a veteran of the Second World War, was accompanied by a flotilla of Dunkirk Little Ships. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, patron of the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust, attended as guest of honour. 

Heritages buses provided a park and ride service to the docks from the city centre throughout the event and the SS Shieldhall will offered cruises up and down Southampton Water.

Historical Diving Society

Amongst the numerous displays and demonstrations over the course of two days was Second World War re-enactors, vintage Rolls Royce cars, a collection of Aston Martin cars, vintage AA vehicles. a steam powered lorry from HMS Sultan and the Historical Diving Society demonstrating ‘Hard Hat’ or Standard Diving Gear. Visitors were able to try their hand at controlling Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), see the Pufferspheres from the National Oceanography Centre, and learn more about Southampton’s historic trams. They explored the various exhibits and stalls of heritage organisations and traders or took a pit-stop at one of many eateries while enjoying the live music and entertainment. The fleet of historic vessels were moored alongside the terminal, waiting to tell their colourful stories.

Southampton Tram with SHF member Alan Jones

As well as being a fantastic day out for all the family, Southampton Maritime Festival raised awareness of the city’s rich seafaring traditions. The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology urged local residents in particular to get involved; whether people wished to enjoy the attractions or joined in as a valued volunteer, they helped to make the festival an event for Southampton to be proud of.

The Festival was sponsored by Associated British Ports, Southampton and Williams Shipping. It was also supported by Southampton City Council and the National Oceanography Centre.

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The Mayor of Southampton Councillor Derek Burke at the Southampton Maritime Festival on 5th May 2013 examining WWII exhibits Image Ann MacGillivray

HRH Prince Michael of Kent encouraging fundraising for the Dunkirk Small Ships at the Southampton Maritime Festival on 5th May 2013 Image Ann MacGillivray

©Ann MacGillivray 2013

© Ann MacGillivray 2013
 Yacht Amazon Copyright Ann MacGillivray 2013

HRH Prince Michael and Dame Mary Fagan Lord Lieutenant being shown around Image Copyright Ann MacGillivray 2013
HRH Prince William admiring some of the displays Image Copyright  Ann MacGillivray 2013
Our stewards were encouraged to dress in 1940's style Image Ann MacGillivraythe big singalong Image Ann MacGillivrayveterans were especially welcomed Image Ann MacGillivrayVarious prized cars were on display Image Ann MacGillivray
The Jolly Pirate Image Ann MacGillivrayJohn Avery CoSS and SHF member was one of the stewards image Ann MacGillivrayBarry Gilbert CoSS member was one of the stewards welcoming the 12000 visitors Image Ann MacGillivrayBarry Gilbert was joined by wife Doreen and grand daughter Amelia. Image Ann MacGillivrayJune and Paula at the end of the second very hot long day were dreaming of a shower or perhaps a glass of cold wine. Image Ann MacGillivray
12,000 visitors came from near and far, one was reluctant to go home! Image Ann MacGillivray



Outdoor visit to Minstead Church image courtesy Will Temple Outdoor visit on a Guy Arab open top busTug tender Calshot in preservation