In a complex operation in Brixham Harbour, heritage sailing trawler PILGRIM stepped her masts today. A new mizzen mast was lifted into place together with a new bowsprit and top mast. These had been skilfully crafted by volunteers over the winter months in the Pilgrim workshop near Berry Head. In addition the main mast which had been removed and refurbished on Brixham’s old fish quay over recent months was also put back in place.
“Stepping the masts allows us to undertake the final stage of our refit which involves reinstating all the rigging ready for the 2017 sailing season which starts at Easter” commented Brendan Stewart, Pilgrim skipper.
Pilgrim BM45 was launched in Brixham Harbour in 1895 from the slipway of J.W & A Upham. It 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, Channel Isles and Brittany. 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