Steamship Shieldhall To Bring History Alive at The Poole Harbour Boat Show 2020

The Poole Harbour Boat Show, which attracts over 30,000 visitors, is pleased to welcome the historic steam ship Shieldhall in 2020.  The largest passenger steamship still active in Northern Europe will be moored alongside Poole Quay with free of charge access to the public for the duration of the show, running from 12-14th June 2020.


The Shieldhall is an exciting interactive exhibit providing visitors the rare opportunity to step back in time and experience the inner workings of a steamship.  The technology above and below decks is similar to that used on the Titanic and peers, sailing from the 1870s to the 1960s, after which diesel power took over and became the norm. 

Tracy Payne, Marketing Manager for Poole Harbour Commissioners and Poole Harbour Boat Show said, “We are delighted to welcome the SS Shieldhall to this year’s show.  She is a unique attraction with universal appeal for everyone interested in boating.  A living piece of history which will help build on what is already one of the most well attended boat shows in the UK.”

From 1988 to present day, the SS Shieldhall has been owned and operated by a dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers who have worked to restore the steamship to her original 1956 condition.  She is a frequent sight running regular cruises along the south coast, during which passengers are encouraged to visit the bridge and machinery spaces,

Nigel Philpott, Shieldhall Marketing Director said, “Shieldhall is 65 years young this year and it will be a fitting birthday celebration to steam to Poole Quay to take part in the Boat Show. Our volunteers are looking forward to welcoming everyone on board, where they will be able to answer any questions that show visitors may have concerning the operation of a steamship.  All areas of the ship including the Engine Room, Boiler Room, Bridge and F’ocsle will be open.  Youngsters will be able to have fun with our interactive log book, collecting stickers from various stations on board.  For those wishing to experience a cruise at sea and see Shieldhall under steam, we will be selling tickets for our return cruise to Southampton on Monday 15 June, departing Poole Quay at 12 noon.”

All show visitors will have the opportunity to enter a competition to win a pair of tickets for the return cruise on Monday 15 June.

The Poole Harbour Boat Show and SS Shieldhall will be open daily from 10am – 5pm, Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June. For further details visit:

The 2020 Poole Harbour Boat Show is being supported by Sibbett Gregory, Coleman Marine Insurance, Elite Signs, Greenslade Pleasure Boats, WQI Marine, Brittany Ferries, Rockley Watersports, Jenkins Marine and media partners Wave 105.

Image Credit: SS Shieldhall