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Tall Ships Youth Trust Challenger Fleet in West India Dock

In the past few weeks, we have a number of training ships in West India Dock and we welcome more training yachts but with a difference. The Tall Ships Challenger Fleet consists of four yachts were built-in 2000 and designed to race around the world.

The 72ft yachts in the Challenger fleet are operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. The charity, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007, also operates the brig Stavros S Niarchos which has often visited West India Dock.

 

 

The Challengers can each accommodate a crew of up to 18 and due to their background in the Round the World Challenge races are modern, safe, purpose-built yachts, perfect for sail training and coastal adventures.


The Challengers can take up to a maximum of 18 crew which often consists of Skipper, Mate, 2 Watch Leaders, 2 Watch Assistants, Youth Mentor and 12 trainee Voyage Crew.

These type of training ships are very different from the large tall ships that are often used but offer a very different experience. The Tall Ships Youth Trust offer young people, from all walks of life, unique physically and mentally challenging experiences at sea which aim to develop their long-term life skills including team working, confidence and problem solving skills.

West India Dock Visitors Review 2017

It is that time of the year when people begin to review the past 12 months, carrying on the tradition from previous years, we are listing the ships that have visited West India Docks in the last year.

With all the development surrounding West India Dock and Canary Wharf, there was some concern that the number visiting the dock would be severely curtailed but although numbers were down again this year, we still had an interesting mix of ships and boats.

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Some old Tall Ships favourites returned Stavros S Niarchos, STS Lord Nelson and TS Royalist and we had the impressive Tall Ships Cisne Branco and Bap Union.

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We seemed to get a lot fewer Super Yachts this year, perhaps the building works are putting off some of the more prestigious owners.  

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There were visits from a large number of Navy Ships including the Netherlands, Norway, France, Portugal, Estonia, Belgium and perhaps more surprising China and India.

Chinese Navy Ships Huanggang and Yangzhou

There were also more visitors from the Royal Navy including HMS Sutherland, HMS Richmond,  HMS Exploit, HMS Explorer, HMS Smiter and HMS St Albans.

There was a degree of nostalgia when I joined the thousands of people in Island Gardens and at vantage points at the bottom of the Island to watch the spectacular Parade of Sail which was the final element of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta in Greenwich & Woolwich and Tall Ships Festival.

The Massey Shaw, The Portwey and the Lord Amory which are permanently moored in the dock provide year round interest.

Super Yacht Justa Delia

Super Yachts

Super Yacht Sea Falcon II

Super Yacht ‘Gene Machine’

Super Yacht Justa Delia

Super Yacht Kismet

Peruvian Navy BAP Unión Tall Ship

Tall Ships

Brazilian Navy Tall Ship Cisne Branco

Peruvian Navy BAP Unión Tall Ship

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TS Royalist

The Lord Nelson

HMS Richmond

Navy Ships

Royal Navy

HMS Sutherland

HMS Richmond

HMS Exploit,

HMS Explorer

HMS Smiter 

HMS St Albans

Portuguese Navy

Portuguese Navy ship NRP Francisco de Almeida

Norwegian Navy

Norwegian Navy ship HNoMS Otto Sverdrup

Norwegian Navy ship Hinnøy (M343)

French Navy

French Navy Ship Flamant

French Navy Ship Lapérouse 

Chinese Navy

Chinese Navy Ship Huanggang

Chinese Navy Ship Yangzhou

Belgian Navy

Godetia (A960)

Bellis (M916)

Indian Navy Ship Tarkash

Indian Navy

Indian Navy Ship Tarkash

Estonian Navy

Estonian Navy Ship EML Wambola

Dutch Navy

Dutch Navy Ship Schiedam

May we wish all our readers a Happy New Year and we look forward to the new visitors to the dock in the New Year.

Stavros S Niarchos Tall Ship in West India Dock

With the warm weather, summer seems to have finally arrived and we welcome a regular visitor to West India Dock with the arrival of the British Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos into dock .

The Stavros S Niarchos was last in the dock in September 2016 and is a regular visitor to the Thames and Tall Ship events.

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 provide revenue to maintain the operation of the ship.

In the last couple of years, the Stavros S Niarchos has been put up for sale to enable the Trust to get a smaller ship, so if you have dreamed of owning your own tall ship here is your opportunity.

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 quite a bit larger than the TS Royalist which is still in the dock.

In the midst of all the building work around the dock, it is nice to see a couple of tall ships to remind us of the past.

Stavros S Niarchos Tall Ship in West India Dock

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With all the activity in West India Dock , it was a pleasant surprise to see the arrival of the British Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos into dock today. The Stavros S Niarchos was last in the dock in July and is a regular visitor to the West India Dock, Thames and  Tall Ship events. The Stavros S Niarchos is a British brig-rigged tall ship owned and operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust.

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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 provide revenue to maintain the operation of the ship.

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When she visited last year, the Stavros S Niarchos was put up for sale, it does appear that is still the case, so if you have dreamed of owning your own tall ship here is your opportunity.

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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.

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Stavros S Niarchos Tall Ship and French Navy ship Aramis in West India Dock

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After recent Tall Ship visitors from the United States and Mexico, it is a pleasant surprise to see the arrival of the British Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos into the West India Dock today. The Stavros S Niarchos was last in the dock in September last year and is a regular visitor to the Thames and a familiar sight in numerous tall ship events.

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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.

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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.

When she visited last year, the Stavros S Niarchos was put up for sale, it does appear that is still the case, so if you have dreamed of owning your own tall ship here is your opportunity.

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Another unexpected visitor is French Navy weapons-range safety patrol boat FS Aramis who like last week’s French visitor, the FS Scarpe is part of the Maritime Gendarmerie.

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The Maritime Gendarmerie are part of the French Navy and the ships carry out a series of duties including chasing criminal activity, protection of the naval shore establishments and Search and rescue.

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The FS Aramis was launched in 1980 and often carries a crew of around 12 including divers.

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Once again, regular contributor Eric Pemberton managed to take a couple of photos of the tall ship entering the dock.

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West India Dock Visitors Review 2015

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It is that time of the year when people begin to review the past 12 months, carrying on the tradition from previous years, we are listing the ships that have visited West India Docks in the last year.

With all the development surrounding West India Dock, there was some concern that the number visiting the dock would be severely curtailed but although numbers were down a little, we still had an interesting mix of ships and boats.
Some old Tall Ships favourites returned, the Stad Amsterdam, Stavros S Niarchos, STS Lord Nelson  and STS Tenacious  but after seeing  see the final appearance of the old TS Royalist in 2014, it was a pleasure to see the new TS Royalist bought into dock.

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Other interesting Tall Ships included Polish Tall Ship Zawisza Czarny, Dutch Tall Ship Eendracht, the entertaining Colombian Tall Ship A.R.C Gloria  and the controversial  Chilean Training Ship Esmeralda .

Super Yachts seem to be getting bigger and more lavish and the visitors covered a wide range, however the final Super Yacht visitor of the year Ilona probably takes the award for the largest and most expensive.

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The visits from NATO ships continued this year with various navies represented but there was probably more from the German Navy. HMS St Albans ( F83) and HMS Grimsby (M108) represented the visits from the Royal Navy.

There were some other interesting visitors, the  hi -tech Tara Expedition Ship, the unusual visit from a cruise ship ( Star Legend ), the ship with royal connections ( MV Hebridean Princess ) and the historic Havengore.

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The Massey Shaw, The Portwey and the Lord Amory provide year round interest in the dock and the various ships being used for dredging have shown the dock still attracts working boats.

Super Yachts

Super Yacht Ilona

Super Yacht Latitude

Super Yacht Mischief

Super Yacht Forever One

Super Yacht Positive Carry

Cinderella IV sailing yacht

Tall Ships

Stavros S Niarchos Tall Ship

Tall Ship Tenacious

Dutch Tall Ship Eendracht

Polish Tall Ship Zawisza Czarny

Colombian Tall Ship A.R.C Gloria

STS Lord Nelson

Chilean Tall Ship Esmeralda

Dutch Tall Ship, Stad Amsterdam

TS Royalist, TS John Jerwood and TS Jack Petchey

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Navy Ships

Six NATO Ships

Belgian Navy BNS Godetia ( A960 )
Latvian Navy ship Talivaldis (M-60)
HMS Grimsby (M108)
the Dutch Navy Ship Schiedam (M860)
The Estonian Navy ship EML Admiral Cowan (M313)
The Norwegian Navy ship Hinnøy (M343

German Navy Ships

(P6123) Hermelin,
(P6125) Zobel,
(P6126) Frettchen,
(P6129) Wiesel,
(P6130) Hyäne,
(A514) Werra(F219)

FGS Sachsen

Spanish Navy

Méndez Núñez in West India Dock

Royal Navy

HMS St Albans ( F83) in West India Dock

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Others

Tara Expedition Ship in West India Dock

MV Hebridean Princess in West India Dock

Cruise Ship Star Legend in West India Dock

Havengore in West India Dock

May we wish all our readers a Happy New Year and we look forward to the new visitors to the dock in the new year.

Stavros S Niarchos Tall Ship in West India Dock – September 17th 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Stavros S Niarchos Tall Ship in West India Dock 2014

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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.

A few weeks ago I was writing about how many of the Tall Ships carry out valuable work training young people and the Stavros S Niarchos is a good example of this.

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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.

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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.

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The large tall ships can be expensive to maintain, earlier in the week I reported that the TS Royalist was due to be decommissioned  for that reason.

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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.

She joins the Super Yacht Christopher and the HMS Westminster in West India Dock at the moment to offer an interesting selection of ships.

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Photo by Eric Pemberton

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Photo by Eric Pemberton

 

 

Stavros S Niarchos Tall Ship in West India Dock

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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.

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Since its inception in the 50s the organisation has taken 97,000 trainees to sea and sailed 1.8 million nautical miles.

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The ship has a Length of  197ft / 59.4m, Masts of 148ft / 45m and Beam of 32ft / 9.9m.

She usually operates a crew of 69 which include regular crew and volunteers.

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Unusually for a Tall Ship, the Stavros Niarchos  is for sale due to the often high running costs of operating a boat of this size.

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Whatever her future fate she is the latest of a number of Tall Ships who have graced the West India Dock this year.

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The Stavros Niarchos in full sail (Tall Ships Youth Trust )