Ship sail

Barrow hosts the Pelican of London tall ship

BARROW welcomed the Pelican ship from London to the docks earlier this month before ferrying six young cadets on a sea voyage.

Barrow Town Quay hosted the Pelican of London tall ship on August 5th.

Upon arrival, six young people and their mentor from the region boarded and departed at 4.30am on Monday for a five-day journey, arriving in Dublin on August 12.

Also present was the Grand Voilier La Malouine.

The Pelican welcomed more than 2,500 people for deck visits throughout Saturday and Sunday, and more than 8,000 attended weekend activities, which included entertainment and games for visiting children , music and a chance to meet local police, sea cadets and air cadets.

Seas Your Future would like to thank the organizers for their hard work, and in particular Associated British Ports Barrow and the local Rotary clubs, as well as the funders and sponsors of the weekend’s activities.

Seas Your Future CEO Adrian Ragbourne said: “What a great, full and very busy weekend it has been.

“Thank you very much to the people of Barrow for your very warm welcome and for coming to see us and meet our crew and your young people who are sailing with us this week.

“This was our first time sailing in Barrow and it certainly won’t be our last as we look forward to annual visits offering sailing training trips to local youngsters.

“We are extremely grateful to several funders who have covered the costs to enable these young people to sail with us:

  • Sir John Fisher Foundation
  • Sailing International Training
  • BAE Systems Marine
  • AW Vessel Management
  • Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS)
  • Rotary Club of Furness
  • Rotary Club of Barrow
  • The George Wood Memorial Benevolent Fund
  • British ports associated with Barrow

“We still have a small number of places available for young people from the region on two longer journeys, from August 25 to September 8 departing and arriving in Dublin, and from September 11 to 23 from Dublin to Amsterdam.

“The costs of these trips were paid for by the above sponsors and funders, so only the cost of travel to and from the ship should be found. Please contact my colleague Simon Thorrington – [email protected] – if you would like to know more about this.”

After leaving Barrow on Monday morning, the ship will visit Whitehaven on Tuesday and Wednesday, before heading to the Isle of Man and then Dublin, although as it is only a short overnight stay it will not be open to visits.