Red Funnel customers raise funds to help restore TT Calshot

25-03-2014 Kevin George, CEO Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, today presented Terry Yarwood from the Calshot Trust with a cheque for £13,406. The money was raised by Red Funnel customers over the last two years to help restore Calshot.

Kevin George said: “We are very grateful to our customers for donating this money to help restore Calshot.  The ship played an important part in Red Funnel’s history and we are all very keen to support the Calshot Trust in their ongoing efforts to raise sufficient money to fund the major restoration works that are still needed.”

Calshot has earned her place in maritime history, serving alongside world famous liners such as the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary.  She was built by John I Thornycroft & Co Ltd at Woolston for Red Funnel in 1929 and was certified to carry 566 passengers.  She played her part in World War 2 and was requisitioned by the Government to tender the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.   On D-Day, 6th June, 1944, HMS CALSHOT served as a Headquarters ship at the ‘J’ for Juno area.   She re-joined Red Funnel’s fleet in 1946 and remained in service until 1964.

Terry Yarwood, Chairman of the Tug Tender Calshot Trust said; “We are very grateful to Red Funnel for this cheque as there is still a large amount of work to be done which all requires money.  However, the Trust’s volunteers are making progress and the ship’s funnel has now been restored in keeping with her original appearance.”

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