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She was first owned by Symons of Bridgwater and named after Irene Symons. For 53 years the ship was a trading vessel for bricks, tiles and other goods, mainly in the Severn estuary and to Ireland. She was owned by the Bridgwater Brick and Tile Company. The ship retired from service in the 1960s and was found derelict by Dr Leslie Morrish, the present owner, in 1965. The ship was restored in Brentford, Middlesex, and the cargo hold was converted into quarters for 15.
The ship was a charter vessel in the Caribbean until she sank due to a fire in 2003 and was restored once more. She ran aground off Arran on the way to the Tall Ships Race in Greenock July 2011, before being re-floated.The ship sailed from Plymouth with an international crew called the New Dawn Traders to promote the transport of goods by sailing ships and to take goods including beer, olive oil, cocoa and coffee over the Atlantic
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Friday 26 September 2014
Shipping type: three masted barquentine
Year of built:1980
Displacement: 295 t
Speed under power: 8 kts
Crew: min 6, max 56
Saturday 13 July 2013
During this period the statistics show that 132 people were saved from a certain death, 41 ships were saved and 1 338 boats and ships were assisted.
LIV was sold in 1932 to the local Sheriff H.W Hansen at Ibestad, near Harstad and used by the sheriff for his service and also for control of the fisheries.
In 1945, LIV was used as a ferry between Jakobsnes and Kirkenes, certified for 60 passengers.
LIV has participated in 6 Cutty Sark Tall Ships races (1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1997) with very good results. She was First 1 in class, 4 times.
She is seen here at Greenock while participating in the Tall Ships event of 2011.
Saturday 31 December 2011
Sunday 27 November 2011
Monday 1 August 2011
Built by F J Carver and Son in Bridgwater, 1907, Irene is the last of the West Country Trading Ketch's still under sail. She sailed for 50 years as part of the fleet of British Merchant vessels through two world wars and a Great Recession.
For many years she belonged to the Bridgwater Brick and Tile Company plying the waters of the Bristol Channel between Bridgwater and Ireland, carrying cargoes of tiles and bricks. Later she was used for transporting coal and clay around the coast.
She was built to be beached and often unloaded her cargo into carts to be taken by horse across the sands to small isolated communities.
She retired from her trading service in 1960 and then changed hands a few times before being converted to a house boat.
In 1965 she was found in a derelict state in the Hamble river by her present owner, Doctor Leslie Morrish. He bought her for £2,500.00 and began a restoration job that lasted nearly 20 years. His initial task was to motor-sail Irene around to Brentford on the Thames, Irene's home for the next 15 years. The trip was not without mishap; going under Hammersmith Bridge the bowsprit stuck in the last span of the bridge, pierced the pavement, shut the bridge in the rush hour and cut off the gas supply to half of south London. It was a dramatic start to a new life.
When Irene reached Brentford Leslie Morrish and his family lived on board using her as a house boat and restoring her at the same time. Once she had been restored to her former glory she was used for many commercials, film and fashion shoots. Irene played the part of "The Flying Dutchman" in the epic film biography of the composer Richard Wagner.
Four years ago Irene undertook the Atlantic and made the crossing to the Caribbean where she has been available for exclusive charter ever since.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
The Gloria is the official flagship and sail-training ship of the Colombian Navy, and her home port is Cartagena.
Purpose-built in 1968 as a sail-training ship in the Celeya shipyard in Spain, the Gloria is over 56 meters (257ft) long - one of the biggest tall ships still afloat. She is steel-hulled, but there is plenty of polished wood and brass and her four masts and 23 sails give her an appearance of being even older than she is (every step on the ship has the name Gloria embedded in the solid brass escutcheon scuff-plates). Her figurehead, coated in glittering gold-leaf, is called Maria Salud, reputedly after the sculptor's daughter.