Happy Birthday MV Tern - 125 years on Lake Windermere.
MV Tern was launched on Windermere on the 27th June 1891 and is just one of a handful of vessels of her size to be built during the reign of Queen Victoria and still fully functional today. Over her long career she has sailed and estimated one million miles and carried over 17 million passengers.
A member of the National Historic Fleet, Tern was built by boat builders Forrest and Son and could originally carry well over 600 passengers.
MV Tern has been a busy vessel in over the year, not to mention a star of stage and screen! Used in the filming of Arthur Ransom's Swallow and Amazons film in 1973, in 1996 she was used in an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot, then of course many will of seen the footage of Tern carrying the Olympic torch as part of the official relay in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics!
Last night myself, our General Manager Alison and our Managing Director Stephen Broughton were invited along with many others in the area to help celebrate this very special birthday on board MV Tern. I have lived in Windermere for 8 years and while I have been out on the lake many times, this was my first cruise on MV Tern and my first time on the lake in the evening, and wow... what a special trip it was, there is something very special about being on the lake in the early evening, the lake was peaceful, quiet and the waters were calm, the vessel itself, well, stunning, a true masterpiece of engineering and beautiful craftsmanship. The staff were very friendly and helpful and obviously very proud of the boats they work on each and everyday.
I cannot recommend an evening cruise enough, it will add a very special moment to any holiday and standing on a vessel in the middle of the lake watching the sun go down, who could ask for more?
Windermere Lake Cruises offer many options for evening cruises throughout the summer, book early though as they fill up fast!