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.
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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