Thousands flock to Southampton Maritime Festival

City sea festival proves a huge hit

The St Andrews Pipe Band at the Southampton Maritime Festival

Peter and Lewis Draper

Kingsley Selmes next to his traction engine

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

IT is one of the most successful events in the city's history.

Southampton Maritime Festival proved a huge hit with thousands heading to the port for a variety of sea-themed celebrations.

Many historic ships were on show including the SS Shieldhall, the HMS Medusa and ST Challenge.

And visitors enjoyed music that ranged from hometown heroes and X Factor contestants Kingsland Road to The Sea Shanty Singers who sung of the history of Southampton's ships and docks.

The quayside was packed with exhibits including classic cars, steam vehicles and trams while the Ocean Cruise Terminal housed heritage displays, art exhibits, craft fairs and stalls.

This year's event was wartime-themed to commemorate significant anniversaries of the First and Second World Wars and the public joined in by dressing in 1910s and 1940s from the woolly pull-over look to full soldier uniform.

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And they raised their hands in salutes on Saturday as a Spitfire and Hurricane flew over.

A glimpse into the past was also on offer through historical diving and ship-building demonstrations.

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The event was organised by the Southampton Heritage Federation and spearheaded by the Maritime Archaeology Trust.

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4:35pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Linesman says...

Just think how many visitors the Sea City Museum would have attracted if it had been located in this area.
Just think how many visitors the Sea City Museum would have attracted if it had been located in this area. Linesman
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6:38pm Sun 24 Aug 14

thelasthurrah says...

It is a worthy event without a doubt but when my wife and son went on Friday there were apparently less than a hundred visitors, so maybe a little less than the rip roaring success portrayed?

Maybe a little more diverse advertising would be in order?
It is a worthy event without a doubt but when my wife and son went on Friday there were apparently less than a hundred visitors, so maybe a little less than the rip roaring success portrayed? Maybe a little more diverse advertising would be in order? thelasthurrah
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6:41pm Sun 24 Aug 14

thelasthurrah says...

Linesman wrote:
Just think how many visitors the Sea City Museum would have attracted if it had been located in this area.
I agree on the one hand but in reality where was there a suitable site available at that end of town which could have been used?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Just think how many visitors the Sea City Museum would have attracted if it had been located in this area.[/p][/quote]I agree on the one hand but in reality where was there a suitable site available at that end of town which could have been used? thelasthurrah
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7:00pm Sun 24 Aug 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

thelasthurrah wrote:
It is a worthy event without a doubt but when my wife and son went on Friday there were apparently less than a hundred visitors, so maybe a little less than the rip roaring success portrayed?

Maybe a little more diverse advertising would be in order?
And more signnage would have been more useful, it was difficult to find the entrance to the site, but it was a very interesting day when we eventually found our way in
[quote][p][bold]thelasthurrah[/bold] wrote: It is a worthy event without a doubt but when my wife and son went on Friday there were apparently less than a hundred visitors, so maybe a little less than the rip roaring success portrayed? Maybe a little more diverse advertising would be in order?[/p][/quote]And more signnage would have been more useful, it was difficult to find the entrance to the site, but it was a very interesting day when we eventually found our way in 100%HANTSBOY
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8:04pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Shoong says...

Linesman wrote:
Just think how many visitors the Sea City Museum would have attracted if it had been located in this area.
Sour grapes.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Just think how many visitors the Sea City Museum would have attracted if it had been located in this area.[/p][/quote]Sour grapes. Shoong
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2:24am Mon 25 Aug 14

Dave Of The South says...

Bad organisation at gates re car parking & prices of carers tickets. Bad organisation of music stage with gaps between performances. No compare on the stage & the sound of a generator competing against the sounds. No microphones for the sea shanty man who could hardly be heard. Had a much better time fun listening to the FREE music at the Petersfield Festival on Sunday. The acts which performed on the Maritime music stage were good but sadly were not given promotion & we only watched by a small number of people. Free bus ride was nice I must add though.
Bad organisation at gates re car parking & prices of carers tickets. Bad organisation of music stage with gaps between performances. No compare on the stage & the sound of a generator competing against the sounds. No microphones for the sea shanty man who could hardly be heard. Had a much better time fun listening to the FREE music at the Petersfield Festival on Sunday. The acts which performed on the Maritime music stage were good but sadly were not given promotion & we only watched by a small number of people. Free bus ride was nice I must add though. Dave Of The South
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10:43am Mon 25 Aug 14

The Music Man says...

One of the 'Most successful events in the cities history'? Really? Where are the pictures of these thousands of attendees? I know more people from Southampton that went to Eastleigh's Chilli Fest or the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth..
One of the 'Most successful events in the cities history'? Really? Where are the pictures of these thousands of attendees? I know more people from Southampton that went to Eastleigh's Chilli Fest or the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth.. The Music Man
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10:02am Tue 26 Aug 14

JIH1971 says...

Hang on - let me unpick this a bit (as someone who was there on both days): 'thousands of visitors' - Ummm, maybe a couple of thousand tops on day two and (optimistically) a thousand on day one. Stretching things a bit! 'Quayside packed with exhibits and attractions' No it wasn't, they were spread out all over the place with little imagination. In fact, there were lots of aspects that were poorly planned, such as access, parking and signage. Quite a few 'exhibits' and 'attractions' actually left or packed away well before the end. In fact, I doubt it justified the cost of entry. Both statements above lead me to think that the reporter cannot have attended the event... or was at a different one from me.

I agree that it is a worthy festival, but poorly managed and supported. If it was 'one of the most successful festivals in the city's history' then either someone has a short memory (remember the balloon festival? This was nowhere near as successful as those) or else there haven't been many festivals in the city - which is a shame as there is a lot of heritage.

In all, this was a good idea poorly executed - I hope the organising committee aren't believing this stuff and make some serious changes if they choose to run it next year...
Hang on - let me unpick this a bit (as someone who was there on both days): 'thousands of visitors' - Ummm, maybe a couple of thousand tops on day two and (optimistically) a thousand on day one. Stretching things a bit! 'Quayside packed with exhibits and attractions' No it wasn't, they were spread out all over the place with little imagination. In fact, there were lots of aspects that were poorly planned, such as access, parking and signage. Quite a few 'exhibits' and 'attractions' actually left or packed away well before the end. In fact, I doubt it justified the cost of entry. Both statements above lead me to think that the reporter cannot have attended the event... or was at a different one from me. I agree that it is a worthy festival, but poorly managed and supported. If it was 'one of the most successful festivals in the city's history' then either someone has a short memory (remember the balloon festival? This was nowhere near as successful as those) or else there haven't been many festivals in the city - which is a shame as there is a lot of heritage. In all, this was a good idea poorly executed - I hope the organising committee aren't believing this stuff and make some serious changes if they choose to run it next year... JIH1971
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