Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Vigilance of Brixham"
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Technical data of the sailing ship:
|Name:||Vigilance of Brixham|
|Type of rigging:||KETSCH|
|Type of ship:||Brixham Trawler, Gaffelketsch|
|Yard:||J.W. & A. Upham, Brixham, GBR|
|Overall length:||34.00 m|
|Length (hull):||23.80 m|
|Sail area:||242 m2|
Portrait of the sailing ship:
Last update: 23 Feb 2007
- built as a ketch rigged fishing trawler in Brixham in 1926, she worked with the local fishing fleet until 1938, first owner was George Foster from Brixham, registered as "BM76".
- used by the Royal Navy as a barrage balloon mooring vessel during the war.
- several changes of the owner between 1949 and 1955, used as a Gentleman's yacht, film vessel, charter boat and adventure training craft in France, the Faeroe Islands, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
- 1955 purchased by Ken Harris, restored by himself.
- took part in the 1983 Cutty Sark Tall Ships race sailed by an all women crew, carried a school expedition to Norway's Lofoten Islands in 1986.
- 1998 given to the "The Vigilance of Brixham Preservation Company Ltd.", a company dedicated to the preservation and use of one of the the last Brixham sailing trawler built, shareholders are mainly local people with a love of historic sailing vessels.
- has recently been refitted, restored and sympathetically modernised.
- available for corporate or private charter, sails out of Brixham, Devon in England.