Historic vessel steams ahead with 125th birthday celebrations

 

One of the Lake District's most recognisable 'steamers', the MV Tern, has marked her 125th birthday in style, with a day of celebrations to honour the historic occasion. First launched in June 1891, the Tern is one of a handful of ships built in the reign of Victorian England which is still fully operational for passengers today. Since then she is estimated to have carried 17 million passengers, sailed one million miles and even hosted the Olympic torch in the run-up to the 2012 London Games.

Lord Cavendish of Furness DL was among the special guests who took a VIP cruise on the vessel last night, Monday 27 June, and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the birthday. He was invited by the boat's current owners, Windermere Lake Cruises, to mark the historic connections with the Furness Railway Company which commissioned the boat back in the 19th century. Lord Cavendish said, 'I have a long-standing admiration for Windermere and my family has well-known historic connections with the Furness Railway Company. I feel genuinely moved to be sailing on Tern on this landmark birthday and have had huge fun on this particular trip.'

Carol Shaw and her husband Steve were among the guests on board. They have previously enjoyed both their 50th and 60th birthday celebrations on board and are big fans of the historic vessel. Carol said, 'It is a really special atmosphere on board Tern. It has a compact, sleek design and you can literally feel the history. The staff obviously adore her - and so do we!'

Earlier in the day, 8 year old Robson Medcalf from Levens School had the honour of hoisting a newly-made birthday flag on board the ship; he designed the flag after winning an art competition with other local schoolchildren. Robson and 29 classmates from Levens School were also treated to a storytelling session on board MV Tern with Windermere Lake Cruises' Janet Johnson. Janet unveiled a new children's book she has written to celebrate the occasion, entitled 'Busy Little Tern's Special Day' - 2,500 copies of the book have now been printed and are available to buy from Windermere Lake Cruises' shops and ticket offices throughout the summer.

 

 

Monday 25th of July 2016

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