Day Trips & Events
Organized by the Ocean Liner Society
Celebrate Cunard's 175th Anniversary
with the Ocean Liner Society
Sunday 3rd May
The OLS is again chartering the magnificent 1883 steam launch Alaska in 2014, for a four hour afternoon cruise from Bourne End at 1pm on 13th September 2014. This follows the great success of the trips in 2011 and 2012 from Henley and Marlow. Leaving from Bourne End allows us to explore a different section of the Thames and the hope is to reach Windsor and back within the 4 hours charter.
Bourne End has a railway station on the Maidenhead-Marlow line. There is limited parking at the Thames riverside but there are car parks in the town a short walk away from the pier.
As previously, the trip includes initial drinks of Pimm's and unlimited teas and coffees, whilst other drinks are available for sale from the bar.
Ticket numbers are limited to provide plenty of space to move around and will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. They are available to OLS members and their friends at £50 per person by sending a cheque payable to the Ocean Liner Society to:- Peter Godliman, 41 Burnham Lane, Slough SL1 6LH (NOT to Mayes House). Please provide an email address.
Following the success of the 2011 Ocean Liner Society trip on the magnificent steam launch Alaska, the OLS chartered her again for a 4 hour afternoon cruise from Marlow at 1pm on 29th September 2012.
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Alaska arriving at Marlow before the cruise
Photos: ©2012 Ian Boyle
Alaska Home Page:- www.thames-steamers.co.uk
P&O celebrated 175 years of existence and on the 3rd July 2012, and all 7 ships of the current P&O fleet sailed from Southampton as part of a celebratory flotilla. In order to participate in and celebrate this event in style, the Ocean Liner Society chartered the Princess Caroline for our own Grand Event. Princess Caroline is one of the more characterful excursion ships in the Solent area and caters for parties and special events.
Our thanks go to Matt Sudders and Peter Godliman for organising the event, to the crew and staff of the Princess Caroline for making it such a memorable trip and to the Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust (SADTHT) for getting us to the ship efficiently and in such style.
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P&O Grand Event souvenir ticket (8x5in - 215x135mm)
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Photos: ©2011 Ian Boyle except Princess Caroline ©2011 Andrew Cook
Boarding from 15:00 and sailing at 15:30 from Southampton Ocean Village, we will cruise around Southampton docks to see the 7 ships all alongside and preparing to set sail. Then we will sail to the bottom of Southampton water to be in pole position as the ships steam in procession out towards the sea. After the ships have passed, and we’ve enjoyed the maximum possible chance to look at, photograph and participate in this unique occasion, we will sail slowly back towards Southampton whilst being served a 3 course silver service dinner, inspired by historic P&O menu items. We will return to the docks by around 21:00.
The P&O fleet of seven ships: Adonia, Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Oceana, Oriana & Ventura
Photos ©Ian Boyle except Adonia ©2011 Andrew Cook