Tag: Heritage

Yes, that’s right – Eden Park Primary pupils meet a Victorian Pilgrim! Pilgrim of Brixham that is, the heritage sailing trawler, launched in 1895 and still going strong 124 years later. The volunteer team on Pilgrim were delighted to welcome the year 3 & 4 children from Eden Park Primary Academy to tell them all about the port, the boat and its fishing history.

Over two days the pupils had the opportunity to sketch Pilgrim from the shore and then board her and learn all about sailing, trawling and the different species of fish that were caught. They had to identify the fish and put them in the right box just as the ‘boy’ would have done below decks in Victorian times. Pilgrim was typically crewed by three men and a boy. The boy would only have been a year or two older than the children themselves.

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‘Squeeze up in the stern’ Eden Park Primary Academy on Pilgrim of Brixham

The visit was part of the schools programme delivered by the Pilgrim Heritage Sailing Foundation which is the charity which owns and operates Pilgrim. Other schools are welcome to contact the Foundation and arrange their own free-of-charge visit. Each child takes home an historical guide to Pilgrim and the Brixham fishing community.

We’ve had three great new reviews since the start of the 2019 season. We routinely strive to exceed our guest expectations but seeing this post on our Facebook page provided wholesome praise for our professional and volunteer crew and all those other volunteers who work behind the scenes to keep our 124 year old beauty at sea!

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Tanya, Bruce and Guests having a brew! Pic by mate Julie Harris

“I had a fantastic few days sailing on the Pilgrim, the experience was well past my expectations and this was the result of the crew. The skipper, Richard clearly very experienced and dedicated to everyone’s safety and enjoyment. The first mate, Julie who works tirelessly to ensure everyone is safe, clearly very experienced and knowledgeable in sailing the Pilgrim. She’s also very focused and dedicated because not only is Julie the first mate she is the cook, where here she dedicates herself too ensure everyone is well fed with some fantastic food.. a real hard worker and a credit to Pilgrim. Crewmen, Bruce.. smashing guy who also is dedicated in ensuring everyone on board is safe and having fun. Crewmen, Bob.. smashing guy the same dedication ensuring the safety of everyone, however needs much more practice in playing the penny whistle.. Crewmen, Tanya.. who herself is recent to Pilgrim clearly dedicated to her role ensuring we on board were safe and enjoying the experience.. A fantastic crew who all work very hard in making this an unforgettable experience.

Gary Clements”

Thanks Gary – we’re glad you had a great trip and thanks also for taking the trouble to post for us.

We were also thrilled to receive this review on Trip Advisor

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Pilgrim guests relaxing in port at the end of the day. Thanks Bruce for the pic!

We’re at the start of the heritage sailing season 2019. It’s always exciting when we get to put the tools, paint and grease away and go sailing. April has arrived and we’ll be sailing now right through until October. We’ve a hectic season ahead with locals cruises around the Devon Coast, trips to Cormwall and out to the stunning Isles of Scilly. Then there’s a cruise across to Brittany and the Paimpol Martime festival.

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Pilgrim’s skipper and shakedown crew ready to set sail for the first outing of the season

Over the last two days we’ve been doing ‘shakedown sails’ to make sure everything is working right and Pilgrim is in good shape for cruising. For the next week or so we’ll be doing essential crew training so keep an eye out for us in Torbay or out in Lyme Bay. The final job is then to make-up all our berths and load provisions ready for our first cruise with guests on board just before Easter.

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Pilgrim’s main saloon ready for guests to come aboard

It’s a frantic time of year at the Pilgrim Foundation and it’s time for bottom scrubbing!. The last two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April are all about getting Pilgrim ready to welcome guests on board. We start our sailing season at Easter time and then it’s full-on until October. We’ve just spent a few days ‘on the beach’ (actually in the mud!) in Brixham Harbour. We pressure wash the hull, attend to any essential repairs, fit new anodes to minimise corrosion and then antifoul the whole hull to help keep her clean through the season. It’s dirty, messy work but the weather was kind and there were no nasty surprises.

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Shipwright John servicing the starboard propeller

 

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Volunteer Roy finishing of the pressure washing down at the keel. As you can imagine that is a recipe for back ache!

Over the Spring Bank holiday weekend, Brixham hosted its annual Heritage Sailing Regatta. One of the highlights of the event is the race to compete for the King George V Perpetual Cup.

Originally gifted by King George V in 1914 for races between working trawlers, the cup was first presented in 1919 by Lord Churston on behalf of the King after races were suspended during the First World War.

Today the thriving local heritage sailing fleet race for the trophy just as they did all those years ago. Competing over a 5 mile course in Torbay, the race is demanding on the crews that take part as they are sailing these traditional gaff rigged heavy working boats. Pilgrim is over seventy feet in length and weighs more than ninety tons.

Pilgrim won again this year for the sixth time out of the last seven years!  At the prize giving at Brixham Yacht Club, Pilgrim’s Sailing Director Lynda Davison said, “we won this by having a great volunteer crew on board led by our very capable professional skipper Brendan Stewart.”

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Pilgrim’s 2018 crew for the Heritage Regatta