Ship sail

See the tall ship that starred in a Ridley Scott film – and docked at Hartlepool Marina this week

The two-masted brig Phoenix, which is 112ft long and has a crew of up to eight, called into town for a night on Wednesday much to the delight of Hartlepool Marina skippers.

Company director Allan Henderson said tall ships often visit Hartlepool because the town first made such an impact when it hosted the tall ship races in 2010 as well as an event previewed a year earlier in 2009.

He added: “They know they can come to the marina quite easily and the Phoenix is ​​one of the biggest we can get through the lock.”

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The Phoenix which arrived at Hartlepool Marina for an overnight stay on Wednesday. Photo: Allan Henderson.

The vessel, which was originally built by Hjorne & Jakobsen of Frederikshavn, Denmark in 1929, is certainly well known to viewers and viewers.

In 1991, she was in Ridley Scott’s film 1492 Conquest of Paradise and remained in that guise until 1996.

Then she was converted into an 18th century two-master Brig.

She also starred in the television series Hornblower, Frenchman’s Creek and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The tall ship is warmly welcomed by Allan Henderson, center, and others as it arrives in Hartlepool. Photo: Allan Henderson.

It was supported by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool Marina Ltd, port operator PD Ports and the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

The Hartlepool leg of the 2023 event has now been confirmed for Thursday July 6th to Sunday July 9th.

The Phoenix docks at Hartlepool Marina. Photo: Allan Henderson.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the UK visited Hartlepool Marina when it last hosted the Tall Ships Races in 2010.

The races are held annually in European waters and are designed to encourage international friendship and youth training.

Ships from around the world sailed into Hartlepool during the four-day festival in August 2010 and generated around £26.5million for the local economy.

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Arrival in Hartlepool. Photo: Allan Henderson.

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The majestic view of the Phoenix at Hartlepool.
The Phoenix sailing towards Hartlepool Marina. Photo: Carol Hammond.