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Easter Sunday at West India Dock


It may be typical Easter Bank holiday weather of grey skies and heavy rain but a walk around  a busy West India Dock  will provide plenty of interest.


Recent arrivals Super Yacht Kamalaya and Tall Ship Kaskelot  share the dock with the more longer stay residents Lord Amory the Dockland Scouts Training Ship, The Portwey  and the famous Massey Shaw.


Attending a small yachts rally is a large number of boats enjoying the berths beneath the Skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.


Small Yachts with the Massey Shaw and Portwey on the right


Dockland Scout ship Lord Amory ,Massey Shaw and Portwey


Boat Rally


Kayakers braving the weather

Tall Ship Kaskelot in West India Dock



After a quiet period for visitors to West India Dock , we welcome the Tall Ship  Kaskelot , a three-masted barque and one of the largest remaining wooden ships in commission.


Kaskelot has quite an unusual background being built in 1948 by J Ring Anderson for the Royal Greenland Trading Company at the Svendborg shipyard in Denmark . Originally she was used to take supplies to remote coastal settlements in  Greenland, she then was used as a fisheries ship in the Faroes.


In the 1980s she was bought by a film production company and she become a bit of a film star appearing in a number of films and television programmes including The Last Place on Earth (1985), Revolution (1985), Return to Treasure Island (1986),  The Three Musketeers (1993), Cutthroat Island (1995), Swept from the Sea (1997), A Respectable Trade (1998), David Copperfield (1999), Longitude (2000), Shackleton (2002) and Amazing Grace (2006).


In 2013 she was sold and has just completed a major multi-million pound restoration at T. Nielsen in Gloucester  where many original features were retained whilst incorporating state-of-the-art equipment and machinery.

It is thought the owners are going to use the ship for charters, filming and private events. although if you fancy buying a large Tall Ship the ship is available to purchase.


Kaskelot in full sail

Her statistics are as follows :
Rig: 3 masted Barque double topsail
LOA: 153ft (46.6m)
Beam: 28ft (8.5m)
Draught: 12ft (3.6m)
Engine: Mitsubishi S6A3 T2 500h.p. diesel (new)
Main deck: 79 x 25ft (24.1 x 7.6m)
Quarter deck: 34.4 x 22.6ft (10.5 x 6.9m)
Main hold area: 200m3
Air Draught: 105ft (32m)
GRT: 226 tons
Area of Sail: 9,500 sq. ft (2,895.6 sq.m)
No. of Sails: 17




Massey Shaw in front of Kaskelot