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Showing posts with label Tall Ships 2011. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tall Ships 2011. Show all posts

Wednesday 10 June 2020

MV Contest

The fishing boat Contest seen here passing The Lady Isle off the coast at Troon.
She was involved in a collision with another fishing boat  Callina II in 2015 off the east coast of the Isle of Lewis. 
No one was injured and the crews managed to Stornoway Isle of Lewis. 

Tuesday 27 October 2015


Irene is a 100-foot ketch built in Bridgwater in 1907, the last ship built in the docks and the only ketch built in the West Country still sailing. It was built by FJ Carver and Son and launched in May 1907. The Blake Museum in Bridgwater opened an exhibit about the ship in 2010.[2]

Bristol, 2014
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.[4][5][6] 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

For more pictures click HERE

Friday 26 September 2014


The Sail Training Ship Pogoria was launched in 1980 at the famous Lenins Shipyard in Gdansk, the cradle of Solidarity movement. During her construction, the future leader of the general strike and later President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner - Lech Walesa, was the yard electrician. She was built for the Iron Shackle Fraternity - a marine educational project sponsored by Polish National Television, conceived and founded by Capt.Adam Jasser. The current operator of Pogoria is the Sail Training Association Poland.

Shipping type: three masted barquentine
Home port:Gdynia
Year of built:1980
LOA:48 m
Beam:8 m
Draft:3.8 m
Sails:1.000 sq.m
Displacement: 295 t
Speed under power: 8 kts
Crew: min 6, max 56

Saturday 13 July 2013


LIV is one of the first two vessels ordered by the Norwegian Rescue Society (founded in 1891). She was built in 1893 by Thor Jensen in Porsgrunn, based on Colin Archer’s modified drawings from Chr. L. Stephansen who won the design competition for a sailing rescue vessel. LIV did her service in Northern Norway from 1894 to 1932.
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

SS Christian Radich

Built in 1937 for the Norwegian ship owner Christian Radich,she is a three masted full rigged ship normally with a crew of 18,she was used in the BBC telivisiom series The Onedin Line.

Sunday 27 November 2011

Morning Star of Revelation

Morning Star of Revelation is a 62ft gaff ketch yacht.

She was purpose built for sail training and can sail in almost any conditions, anywhere, at anytime.

Morning Star sails regularly in Tall Ships' Races, and in 2003 won first place in the new Small Ships' Race. She regularly sails to France, Holland and the Channel Islands and has been as far afield as Spain, Russia and America.

Monday 1 August 2011

Irene of Bridgewater

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.