In this section, we take you on a pictorial tour around "Shieldhall". Unfortunately, we cannot provide the smell of steam and hot oil, so why not make a date and visit this masterpiece of marine engineering. We start on the boat deck.
For an interactive 360 degree tour of each area view the Panascope tour. Click on the plan icon on the engine room telegraph in the bottom right.
This is where visitors normally come aboard. You will be aware of the teak decks which lead forward to the Bridge. The awning used in inclement weather was installed in 2013.
On the port (left) side is our Shop where you can purchase a selection of "Shieldhall" souvenirs. Walk up the ladders on either side of the superstructure and you come to the Bridge.
On the Bridge you will be able to see the old and the new side by side as we have tried to retain the traditional nature of the Bridge but also, we have included modern equipment to comply with today's regulations. If you look forward, out of the Bridge windows, you can see the large expanse of the foredeck.
In this photograph, it is being prepared for a film set but this gives a good impression of the space available to our passengers. From the Bridge, we need to descend two decks, onto the main deck and we proceed aft, past the Saloon and Galley to the Engine room access. As we enter the Engine room, we look down onto the top of both main engines
As you enter the engine room you look down on the two triple expansion steam engines. The silver discs on the top of the main engines represent the differing cylinder sizes in each engine. Moving down two flights of stairs we come to the manoeuvring platform where the engineers on watch control the direction and speed of the main engines. Here you can see the exposed engine’s mechanism.
Unusually in a ship's engine room, there is room to move around each engine and now is the time to start counting all the auxiliary engines. Take care as you move around, there are tripping hazards and some of the pipes are hot.
From the Engine room, we move forward into the Boiler room. There is space between the boilers to pass through safely, as both boilers are well insulated. Once in the Boiler room you will notice how hot it is and also, how quiet with just the roar of the furnaces and the forced draught fan making their presence felt. Within the Boiler room, you will see three more steam driven auxiliaries.
We have to leave the Boiler room and Engine room by the same ladders that you came in by and when you get back on open deck, continue aft and have a look in the Tiller Flat.
Here, you can see the steering engine and unless one of the crew are present, you have to watch this engine from outside as it can start without warning. Watch the engine respond to movements of the ship's wheel and see if you can work out how the steam is controlled. It is probably time to take some refreshment and what better place than the Saloon. The saloon can seat approximately 70 people and when the ship is alongside, it can be used for meetings, conferences, or special events.
Once again, the teak decking is very noticeable. The steam driven windlass is typical of those that were used during the age of steam and it is used when mooring the ship, or when raising the anchor. Passengers are normally allowed into the "eyes" of the ship and this will give you an unrestricted view ahead.
There are many other spaces on the ship which are not accessible to passengers, but in this tour, we have covered all of the areas open to the public, at sea and in harbour. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
Go to the Bookings page for details of our excursions and places that "Shieldhall" will be open to the public