Tall ship sails in to port for a week-long visit

The Stavros S Niarchos tall ship, which is docked in Blyth. Picture by Roy Riley

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The Stavros S Niarchos tall ship, which is docked in Blyth. Picture by Roy Riley .
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A tall ship as sailed into Blyth after taking students on a voyage around the North Sea.

The near 60-metre long Stavros S Niarchos sailed into port on Monday and will depart for Newcastle on July 4.

The vessel, owned by Tall Ships Limited, had taken students from the Emmanuel Schools Foundation – which has four schools in the north east – from London on a nine-day voyage around the North Sea.

The ship will undergo maintenance work until Friday when there will be a private reception.

Special day sails are taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Open to people aged 12 to 80, with those under 18 accompanied by an adult, they can experience life on the sea.

Richard Lloyd-Williams, of Tall Ships Limited, said: “The day sails will give people an opportunity to experience life on the sea.

“It’s a real test of what it’s like so the people on board will get a chance to help set the sails and everyone will get the chance to steer the ship for a small period and do some climbing.”

He added: “We always get a fantastic welcome in the north east.

“Blyth port are very good in helping us. We’re a charity so any help we get is much appreciated. We also get fantastic support from Newcastle and Sunderland councils, who we also visit.”