The Pelican tall ship is to be a permanent harbourside attraction (2018).
It will also offer opportunities for people to develop their personal
skills, confidence, and get ready for work or training, as part of a programme
managed by charity, Adventure Under Sail.
In 2015 t he Tall Ships Youth Trust operasted the Tenacity of Bolton out
of the North West with Whitehaven as her base. This opens up wonderful
cruising grounds around Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland and North Wales
as well as making sail training with the Trust more accessible to young
people and groups in the area. More details..
Since the summer of 2000 tall ships have paid visits to Whitehaven...especially
for the regular Maritime
Among visitors has been National Trust sponsored Grand Turk(pictured below.),
the reconstruction of an 18th Century frigate, which featured in the Hornblower
TV series, as Hornblower's first flagship Indefatigable. Another regular
vistors is the Kaskelot,(nearest the camera) a replica of a 19th Century
three masted barque, one of the last proper square riggers to be built,
and was originally used by the Royal Greenland Trading Company. As well
as film and TV charter work including The Last Place on Earth, Longitude
and The Return of the Three Musketeers, the ship is used extensively
as a sail training vessel. The ship arrived at Whitehaven, berthing alongside
the Grand Turk at the newly restored sugar tongue, on Thursday 22 June,
2000 and the public came aboard to explore the two decks. The ship left
soon after an Independence Day fireworks show on 4 July. The celebrations
attracted some 4,000 spectators and were masterminded by Gerard Richardson
of Richardson Wines with help from Kier Northern and Whitehaven Development
Before the days of SatNav Whitehaven seamen set out at the mercy of the
winds and tides from Whitehaven...
About 140 tall ships were built
in Whitehaven until 1840, and the Kaskalot was largest in the harbour
in living memory. The Kaskelot (the name meaning sperm whale in Danish)
was built for the Danish Government in 1948 as a trading and supply ship
for the remote Greenland settlements. She also served as a hospital and
surgery for the Eskimos, and finished her trading career as a fisheries
support vessel in the Faroes until the late 1970's.
Length 153 ft, beam 28 ft, draught 12 ft, main mast 105 ft, 17 sails,
sail area 9500 sq ft, 375 hp engine, 15-18 crew. She was purchased by
Square Sail in 1981, and immediately converted and re-rigged to feature
as Captain Scott's 'Terra Nova' for the film The last Place
on Earth. She has also had starring roles in The Three Muskateers,
Amy Foster, and Return to Treasure Island. On TV she has recently
featured in A Respectable Trade, Longitude and David Copperfield.
Sunk....another tall ship dream
The two-masted Ellan Vannin
arrived recently at Whitehaven amidst claims she would be repaired and
provide sail training. On her arrival day the fire brigade had to pump
her out as she started sinking. But on Sept 16 2004 she was left unattended
in the outer harbour and snapped her moorings. Soon after the sad old
lady drifted north before foundering and breaking her back.
For more of the maritime flavour of Whitehaven visit the town's
Whitehaven Maritime Festival