A surprise visitor to the West India Dock today is the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos . She was last in the dock at around September last year.
Over the last few weeks, I have written about how many of the Tall Ships carry out valuable work training especially for young people and the Stavros S Niarchos is a good example of this.
The Stavros S Niarchos is a British brig-rigged tall ship owned and operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. Built in 2000, she has been used to give young people the opportunity to develop skills and talents whilst undertaking voyages to various locations. She is also available for voyages and holidays which provides revenue to maintain the operation of the ship.
The ship is in dock at the end of a voyage when 34 young people aged 14 to 15 have been selected from schools nationwide to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to helm the Tall Ship. Supported by HSBC’s community investment programme, the crew set sail from Southampton on Tuesday 8 September, the ship then sailed along the south coast, visited a European port before sailing up the Thames yesterday and passed iconic landmarks and under Tower Bridge.
Since its inception in the 50s the organisation has taken 100,000 trainees to sea and sailed 1.9 million nautical miles. The ship has a Length of 197ft , Masts of 148ft and Beam of 32ft, she usually operates a crew of 69 which include regular crew and volunteers.
The Stavros S Niarchos is relatively new but was put up for sale last year, it does not appear that she has been sold yet, however the market for second-hand tall ships must be quite limited.