Special visitors to Southampton Boat Show

By Euro Weekly News Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:21 0
Kaskelot in dock. Kaskelot in dock. © Gillett’s Crossing.

THOSE visiting the YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show which runs from September 15 to 24 will have the chance to go on board the Tall Ship Kaskelot.

Moored alongside 330 of today’s most innovative sail and motor boats on the Show’s own stunning purpose-built marina, Kaskelot, with its knowledgeable crew and state-of-art restoration, will offer a treasure trove of stories and adventure for all visitors to explore as they step on board this three-masted barque.

One of the largest remaining wooden ships in commission, measuring 46.6metres, she was built in Denmark in 1948 by the J Ring Andersen Shipyard. 

She was commissioned by the Royal Greenland Trading Company and used to supply remote areas of Greenland until the 1960’s. After this, she became a fisheries support vessel in the Faroe Islands.

However in 1981 her fortunes were changed. Completely re-rigged, she was set for a new career as a sail training vessel, as well as the occasional movie star. Her appearances include the Return to Treasure Island (1986), The Three Musketeers (1993), Amazing Grace (2006) Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Poldark (2016).

Kaskelot provides the perfect backdrop for the appearance of celebrity pirate and star of hit CBeebies programme Swashbuckle, Gemma Hunt, at the Show on Saturday September 16 where she will be helping to kick off all the action on the first weekend, wowing the Show’s youngest visitors with a special pirate song and dance show, meet and greets and autograph signings.

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