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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 November 2018 include Thames Barge Gladys, Bristol Channel pilot cutters Mascotte, Olga and Dolphin and yachts Binker of Mallaig and Charmian.

See also Four Tall Ships 2009  Kaskelot 2017

Gladys of Harwich

This Thames Barge was built at Harwich in 1901 and is owned by Allied Mills. She came to Gloucester in May 2018 for a major rebuild.


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.



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




This small Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter was built in 1909 at Porthleven, Cornwall.


Binker of Mallaig

This yacht was originally built in the USA in 1934, but she was sold for her scap value in 2008 and has largely been rebuilt. Currently for sale.



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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