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Shieldhall lottery refit nearing completion as Saloon is ‘handed over’ by contractors Moss Marine

9 February 2017

Steamship Shieldhall, one of Southampton’s hidden heritage assets, is nearing the completion of a £1.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, with its most recent project seeing the fitting out of its Saloon and Bar.

Contractors Moss Marine were present to handover the new facilities, with Managing Director Mike Moss and two of his apprentice sons, Damien and Dominyk meeting Shieldhall Project Director Graham Mackenzie onboard.

‘We were delighted to work on such a prestigious heritage vessel as SS Shieldhall’ said Mr Moss. ‘Whilst we regularly fit out Navy ships it was a challenge for us to prepare a 1950s interior to an historic standard and yet one compatible with the needs of seafaring customers in 2017. Our team have looked to emulate – using pictures from when Shieldhall was launched in 1955 -  the Saloon and Bar, and have worked in other areas of the Ship too. The project has been a real family affair, with Damien and Dominyk both overseeing stages of the work. Even Mrs Moss got involved, polishing the brass of the shipyard plate proudly hanging in the Saloon! I have been able to trace our family history and its nautical connections back over 300 years and it is great to know that this Moss tradition is continuing aboard Shieldhall.’

Graham Mackenzie was delighted with the standard of craftsmanship seen:

 ‘We would like to pay full credit to Moss Marine. Their team went to great lengths in their design and sourcing of material. Part of the refit has seen us introduce a new Switch Room and its door had to be fashioned from scratch. As it was opposite a door leading into the Saloon it was important the material and look and feel of the doors were similar, and it’s true to say that you ‘cannot see the join!’ ‘This part of the project was overseen by my son and apprentice Dominyk’ said Mike Moss. ‘It was a very interesting exercise and a great opportunity for Dominyk to develop new skills. Our involvement of apprentices was one of the factors in Shieldhall initially awarding us the contract.’

Moss Marine have also been working on the final part of the Shieldhall refit jigsaw – the preparation of a 1950s crew cabin. ‘1950s teak was used to help us repair the door’ said Mike Moss. ‘This took some sourcing but we are thrilled with the finished look.’

‘We look forward to Shieldhall’s 2017 sailing programme commencing in May, and showing off our new interiors to the public’ said Graham. ‘Hidden behind the tops and counters we also have a state-of-the art AV system, making us a perfect choice for corporate events and functions.’

Source: SS Shieldhall Presss Release, 9 February 2017

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