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Ports of Hampshire taking part in the Platinum Jubilee ‘Ship Salute’, including Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight

Celebrations continue to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. Beacon lighting and street parties have already taken place across Hampshire and there are many more plans for the next two days.

This includes the national show at UK ports. Ships across the country, including those moored at Southampton ABP, will take part in a midday salute on Saturday June 4.

Port Hamble Marina in Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton is also taking part. Organizers said: “As a proud maritime nation and where Her Majesty’s name has graced not only cruise liners but also the largest ship in the Royal Navy fleet, we really want the maritime sector to show its support for merchants, the navy and recreation. ships by marking the Jubilee with a synchronized “salute” from their horn.”

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Meanwhile, in Portsmouth, Queen’s Harbor Master Portsmouth and Harbor Master Portsmouth International Port will sound a siren in tribute to Her Majesty. Surrounding ships from Portsmouth Harbor Dockyard will also participate.

The Isle of Wight car ferry and FastCat captains have also announced they will be honking their vessels in tribute after the event organized by the UK Chamber of Shipping. The salute aims to celebrate the Royal Family’s long maritime history and the Queen’s affiliation with the maritime industry.

Following the hovercraft flypast on Friday June 2, HoverTravel joins Saturday’s Ship Salute and offers all customers traveling during the four Jubilee celebrations holidays a commemorative Jubilee postcard.

Wightlink Managing Director Keith Greenfield said: “Over the centuries Wightlink and its predecessors have on many occasions welcomed members of the Royal Family on board. More recently HRH The Countess of Wessex christened our flagship hybrid power Victoria of Wight at a ceremony at our port of Fishbourne in 2018.

“This year we will be transporting several thousand families across the Solent to Jubilee celebrations with their loved ones. We hope everyone has a wonderful time and sunny weather.”

Wightlink operate routes across the Solent between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and operate car ferries between Lymington and Yarmouth, and Portsmouth and Fishbourne. All Wightlink ships were decorated with flags and banners were hung in all ports to invoke the spirit of Jubilee.

Ships from the ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight will ring at noon today.

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