Back to where it all be­gan for his­toric sail­ing ves­sels

Herald Express - - News -

VI­TAL pieces of his­toric sail­ing ves­sels have been taken back to where they were built in South Devon around 100 years ago.

Tor­bay-based char­ity The Trin­ity Sail­ing Foun­da­tion owns three gaff-rigged Brix­ham trawlers — Leader (built in 1892), Prov­i­dent (1924) and Golden Van­ity (1908).

All were built at Galmp­ton Creek.

Dur­ing the win­ter the fleet are kept along­side, in Dart­mouth, shel­ter­ing from the bad weather. This year the char­ity has de­cided to take down their spars for added pro­tec­tion. They are be­ing stored in a shed thought to have been used for their con­struc­tion around 100 years ago. Harry Gottschalk, Trin­ity’s mar­ket­ing and sales man­ager, said: “Se­lected spars have been de­rigged to keep them in good con­di­tion away from the cold and damp weather.

“Af­ter putting out an ap­peal for some­where safe to keep them, we were put in touch with Dol­phin Haven Boat­yard, at Galmp­ton Creek. Dur­ing our dis­cus­sions it oc­curred to us that this is likely to be the ex­act spot where the ves­sels were built all those years ago.”

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