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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 May 2018 include Thames Barge Gladys, Bristol Channel pilot cutters Mascotte and Dolphin and yachts Sceptre 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 small Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter was built in 1909 at Porthleven, Cornwall.



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)




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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