Tall ship arrives in port for refit

A 100-year-old tall ship from Denmark arrived in Northumberland at the weekend, where it will undergo a major restoration programme before recreating an historic Antarctic adventure.

Blyth Tall Ship is using £777,200 of Heritage Lottery funding to restore the Haabet, which arrived into the port of Blyth on Saturday from Svendborg.

Haabet arriving into Port of Blyth. Picture by Ron Dobson.

Haabet arriving into Port of Blyth. Picture by Ron Dobson.

The ship, which arrived into the port with a parade of sail along the river, will be a centre piece of the Tall Ships Regatta, which will come to Blyth in 2016.

The ship will undergo a refit and restoration ahead of plans to mark the 200th anniversary of Captain William Smith’s historic discovery of Antarctica, by recreating his original voyage in 2019.

A team of 50 youngsters and volunteers will carry out the refit over the next two years.

Clive Gray, chief executive of Blyth Tall Ship, said: “We can now live up to the aspiration of our name and really start to explore what it meant to discover a whole new content 200 years ago from Blyth.”

Visit www.blythtallship.co.uk for more information about the Haabet, the restoration work and next year’s festival.

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