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Dar Mlodziezy Tall Ship on the Thames

Photograph by Eric Pemberton

Those taking a walk this morning near the river would have been treated to the sight of a tall ship gliding down the Thames. The Dar Mlodziezy is a Polish sail training ship which was launched in 1981 at the Gdańsk shipyard in Poland. She had been built to replace the frigate Dar Pormoza which had been used to train officers for over fifty years.

Photograph by Eric Pemberton

The Dar Mlodziezy was one of six similiar ships that were were built by the same shipyard. Her sister ships were named Mir, Druzhba, Pallada, Khersones and Nadezhda. Her home port is Gdynia and she has been owned by the Gdynia Maritime Academy since she was built in 1982.

The Dar Mlodziezy was the first Polish-built, ocean-going sailing vessel to circumnavigate the globe in 1987–88 and been a regular in Tall Ships’ Races for over 25 years.

Photograph by Eric Pemberton

The ship is 108.8 m (357 ft) long with a beam of 12 m (39 ft). She usually sails with a crew of around 176 (40 crew and 136 cadets). If you would like a look at the ship, she is currently berthed at Greenwich.

Many thanks to Eric Pemberton for the photographs .

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2015: 27th to 31st August 2015


After the great success of  last year’s Tall Ship festival, the Tall Ships are returning to Royal Greenwich for five days this August Bank Holiday with up to 15 Tall Ships dropping anchor for the maritime family festival. This year most of the ships will be anchored at Woolwich Arsenal Riverside from which they will be running a series of cruises to Greenwich and Tower Bridge.  This means that for the five days, if you are on the Isle of Dogs, you are likely to see a number of ships going backwards and forwards.


During the festival, two of the larger Tall Ships will be moored on Tall Ship Island in the river at Maritime Greenwich, and will be open to visitors via Thames Clipper shuttles.

Dar Mlodziezy
Santa Maria Manuela


The following 13 Tall Ships will be based at Royal Arsenal Woolwich and will be running daily cruises along the river to Greenwich and Tower Bridge.

Wylde Swan
Loth Lorien
JR Tolkien


Festival Day – Saturday 29 August

The focus of the Festival will be in Woolwich, Tall Ships Festival Day takes place on Saturday 29 August and  features family entertainment from 10am to 10pm.

The line-up for the day includes:
Live music stage with special guests
Bandstands and sea shanties
Roving entertainers
Berkeley Summer Festival
Traditional funfair rides and nautical-themed children’s activities
Vintage vehicles
Food and licensed bars
A fireboat from the Fire Brigade
Information stalls from local and national nautical organisations
Nautical history re-enactors (musket-ball making, dockside rope and cordwaining, plus a Naval encampment and Georgian Naval crews)
Sunset picnic area
Food, bar and activities at the Firepower Museum
Local history and children’s activities at the Heritage Centre
Fireworks grand finale at 10pm on the river.


There will be  fireworks displays on the river at Maritime Greenwich each night (Thursday, Friday and Sunday) around 9.15pm.

On Saturday 29 August, the Tall Ships Festival event at Woolwich Arsenal Riverside will end with a fireworks display on the river at 10pm.

One of the highlights of the Tall Ships festival is the Parade of Sails when the ships cruise in formation  along the River Thames, followed by fireworks. The Parade of Sail will begin at Greenwich on Monday 31 August from 2pm.

The Tall ships are always a wonderful sight on the river and give us a taste of the what the Thames would have been like a couple of hundred years ago.

If you would like further information, visit the Tall Ships  website here