Thirty Brethren, wives and friends of the Somerset Installed Commanders Lodge led by their Worshipful Commander Bryan Foster boarded the Motor Vessel Balmoral at Clevedon Pier on a sun soaked Sunday in August at the start of an unusual voyage to Avonmouth and then up the River Avon and eventually into the Inner Dock (Alongside the SS Great Britain) of the regenerated Bristol Dock project.
After passing under the Clifton Suspension Bridge the vessel entered the Lock separating the Docks from the River. When Balmoral was safely tied up the traffic on the Cumberland basin swing bridge was halted and the bridge was swung through 90 degrees to permit Balmoral to enter the Inner Dock where she was turned around with the help of a small tug to make her way back to Clevedon. On her return voyage MV Balmoral was a spectacular site for Sunday strollers who gathered to see her pass by together with a multitude of car horns when she sailed alongside the road.
A magical day was had by all, click on the Pier to see Barrie Baker's photos of the day out.