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Classic Ships for Overhaul


Interesting vessels come to Gloucester for repair and maintenance work by T. Nielsen & Co who lease the two dry docks and adjoining workshops. The company, managed by Tommi Nielsen, specialises in the restoration and repair of wooden sailing ships, employing craftsmen who combine the best of modern technology with traditional shipbuilding techniques. The dry docks are also used for inspection and repair of modern steel vessels. Interesting vessels noted in December 2016 include topsail schooner Johanna Lucretia, Bristol Channel pilot cutters Mascotte and Olga, yachts Sceptre, Charmian and Halcyon, motor yacht Kytra and dumb barge Sabrina 5.

See also Four Tall Ships 2009

Johanna Lucretia of Plymouth

This topsail schooner was built in 1945 in Belgium as a fishing vessel. She was converted for recreational use in 1954 and was based in the Netherlands for 35 years. In 1989 she was bought by British owners and fully refitted in 1991-92 to become a cruising boat. After being abandoned at Gloucester by her owner in 2003, she was purchased by a new owner and given a good overhaul.

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Mascotte

This Bristol Channel pilot cutter was built in 1904, the largest of her type. She has been fully restored to her original rig and appearance, and down below her spacious Edwardian paneled interior provides comfortable accommodation.

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Olga

This Bristol Channel pilot cutter, built in 1909, is now owned by the Swansea Maritime Museum.

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Sceptre

This 12 metre classic yacht was the British challenger for the America's Cup in 1958. In the 1970s and 80s, she was converted to a stunning cruising yacht and is now available to charter. (Website)

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Charmian

This yacht was built in Brixham by J W & A Upham in 1933 on the lines of a Brixham sailing trawler. A major restoration was started by Butler & Co of Dartmouth and is to be completed at Gloucester.

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Halcyon

This classic Bermudan ketch was built in 1929 by J I Thorneycroft and Co Ltd of Woolston, Southampton for Lancashire industrialist Sir Samuel Turner. She is constructed of teak planks on oak frames with a burma teak interior. The original teak saloon and main accommodation have been preserved perfectly during her long life. She is available for charter. (Halcyon website)

Kytra

This classic motor yacht was built in 1959 in the style of a Scottish fishing vessel with a larch hull, and much of the interior is the original design.

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Sabrina 5

This was one of six unpowered barges built in 1944 by Charles Hill & Sons of Bristol for the Ministry of War Transport. It is now part of the Waterways Museum's collection.

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