Training Tall Ship Visits St Mary’s Harbour

TS Royalist alongside St Mary's quay yesterday

A twin-masted training ship has spent the night alongside St Mary’s Quay.

The TS Royalist arrived at around 5pm yesterday evening and departed at 6am this morning.

24 sea, navy and air cadets regularly undertake training on board the vessel which is based in Gosport and a group of trainees sailed the 120 miles from Milford Haven overnight on Saturday.

Yesterday evening gave onlookers a chance to watch trainees climb the masts.

Captain George Patterson says The Royalist isn’t a stranger to Scilly’s waters – she has visited many times since being launched.

Royalist was built by Groves and Guttridge on the Isle of Wight and launched in 1971 by Princess Anne. In 1992, Royalist had a so-called “Mid-Life Upgrade” refit and was re-launched by the Princess.

Having a vessel named in two ceremonies and on both occasions being dedicated by a royal is unusual, says Captain Patterson.

She is built of steel, with an overall length of 29 metres (97 feet) including the bowsprit, and has a traditional square-rigged brig layout.