‘Tall ships provide Quay moments at prestigious regatta’

May 12, 2015

Pelican board

COME ABOARD: A gangway invites visitors to board the Pelican, a sailing training vessel that crosses the Atlantic and also visits the Caribbean. It has a poleacre mast which means its main mast is in one piece.



FRENCH MADE: The Pelican was originally made by Chantiers et Atelliers Augustin Normand in Le Havre, France. It was originally a long-distance fishing vessel in 1946 and was converted into a training tall ship.


Bell on Stavros

YOU RANG, MY LORD: Here I am, Mr M. Bell, hitting the old ships bell to remind the crew of the Stavros S Niarchos to indicate a shift change. The crew will ring the bell every half hour increasing the bell rings by a multiple of 1 each time so that the crew know a change will be happening on the 8 ring tone.


Starboard bow

STEADY COURSE:  Here is a viewpoint from the Stavros S Niarchos’s steering wheel looking towards the front of the ship.


Stavros looking at Pelican

REAR VIEW: This is the back end of the Starchos S Niarchos looking towards the front of the Pelican, which is moored behind her.



IMPRESSIVE SIGHT: This was taken of the Stavros S Niarchos on 27 October 2003 off the Isle of Wight during the 2003 Brig Match Race. Picture by Bruce Davidson.


TWO impressive tall ships moored on Poole Quay as the town enjoyed its prestigious regatta.

The 200-ft tall Stavros S Niarchos and The Pelican sailed into Poole Harbour and were open to the public in the first weekend in May. The former was met with a canon salute.

Members of the public took the opportunity to investigate the working and living quarters of the crews, ask them questions and even ask about the possibility of joining them on the high seas.

The Stavros S Niarchos is a training vessel operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. This charity was set up in 1956. Its decks and rigging have helped train 97,000 maritime apprentices and sailed 1.8 million nautical miles.

It has a total sale area of 949 square metres. It is a square-rigged training vessel with its mast height being at a maximum height of 123 ft above the water and the naval architect of the vessel is Burness, Corbett and Partners and the finishing and interior was designed by Appledore Shipyard, Appledore, North Devon.

The rig was designed by Michael Willoughby and following a series of sea trials she was handed over the Sail Training Association in February 2000.

Tall Ships events officer Kelly Hughes said: This ship launched in 2000 and is the largest brig to have been built in the UK in the last century. We have seven salaried permanent crew, 13 volunteer crew who sail for five days and are assessed before being recommended as volunteers. We have anything up to 48 voyage crew although you only need a minimum of 20 to set sail.”

The voyage crew members are divided up into red, white and blue watches and each of these groups has a watch leader from the volunteer crew.

Unlike it’s Onedin Line equivalent, the brig boasts the latest satellite navigational equipment, air conditioning and an approved sewage treatment plant.

The Pelican is a sail training vessel used as a unique learning experience for students aged 15 to 25 to enjoy maritime adventures across the Atlantic and even to the Caribbean.

The whole crew – professional and volunteer alike – muck in with the helming, climbing the rigging to set and stow sails, navigation, meal preparation and night watches.

Whilst learning a diverse number of sailing skills, the students learn about team work, communication and developing life-long friendships with shared experiences.

The Pelican is called a ‘Xebec-polecare’ tall ship. This means it has square sails on the main mast, triangular sales on the fore mast and mizzen ones on the back mast. The poleacre means the main mast is in one piece.



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