SHE'S the historic steamship that sailed away with a top award earlier this year and has recently been given a new home.

The Southampton-based SS Shieldhall was named Small Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2020/21, staged by Tourism South East.

She has also been moved to Berth 110, which provides passengers with views of one the most historic parts of the city's docks.

Now details of Shieldhall's 2022 sailing programme have been announced.

Starting in May the vessel is set to complete a busy summer season which currently comprises 25 cruises, with more expected to be added over the coming months.

Operating under Covid-compliant conditions, Shieldhall will journey to destinations such as the Nab Tower and the Needles. Passengers will also have a chance to view events including Cowes Week, the Round the Island Race and the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Shieldhall boasts plenty of room to move around, with facilities including a covered saloon and awning deck, plus open spaces on the foredeck.

Built at Renfrew, Scotland, in 1955 Shieldhall is Britain's biggest working steamship. The 66-year-old vessel is a member of the National Historic Fleet and serves as a seagoing tribute to Britain’s maritime heritage.

Her chairman, John Rose, said: "Our team of volunteers have worked very hard throughout two challenging years.

"It's good to be able to release our 2022 sailing dates, though we recognise there's a lot to be done and achieved before the end of May.

"In addition to advertised sailings we've included heritage adventure training day activities for youth groups.

"We also have all-day packages available for groups, plus one and two-day steam experiences so those with a keen interest can find out what’s involved in taking a heritage steamship out to sea.

"Shieldhall has a fine reputation for its sailings, and now we have a permanent berth we are looking forward to establishing an equally strong reputation for our events too.

"We owe a great deal of thanks to our many supporters within and outside the Port of Southampton, and all those who continue to support Shieldhall."