At a ceremony in Brixham yesterday morning heritage sailing trawler Pilgrim of Brixham BM45 was re-commissioned after her 5 year winter refit. Local MP Sarah Wollaston attended and proposed a toast to the Pilgrim volunteers and commented, “I was delighted to see the completion of all the work done by the volunteer team during the winter months. Pilgrim is a living statement of the amazing fishing and sailing heritage we have here in Brixham.”
Since November last year the mizzen mast, bowsprit and topmast have been replaced with new ones crafted by the volunteers in Pilgrim’s workshop in Brixham. The main mast also had an overhaul and several of the boats systems were replaced or upgraded. There’s also been an extensive programme of maintenance and a complete re-rig to prepare Pilgrim for the 2017 sailing season and the immediate years ahead.
Broadcaster and journalist Kate Haskell was also in attendance and is Patron of the Pilgrim BM45 Trust Charity which supports the vessel. Kate proposed a toast to Pilgrim and her crew for the sailing season ahead and commented, “Pilgrim is a fine vessel and gives people of all ages the chance to experience traditional sailing in all its glory.”
Pilgrim BM45 was launched in Brixham Harbour in 1895 from the slipway of J.W & A Upham. She is the oldest surviving sailing trawler in the local heritage fleet that was built and rigged in Brixham. Pilgrim offers authentic sailing experiences each summer to ports in south west England, the Scilly Isles and Channel Isles. While maintained in original form above decks she offers modern accommodation and catering facilities below decks for up to 15 passengers and crew.
For further information and for the 2017 sailing schedule see: www.pilgrimofbrixham.co.ukFollow