This week Shoreham Port had an exciting addition to their skyline – a 1929 built square rigger called the Phoenix. The Phoenix is part of a fleet of Square Riggers which are used for film work and traditional sailing experiences. The Phoenix has been involved in numerous productions requiring special effects, including storm sequences and wreck scenes. She was recently used for the production of the television drama, Hornblower.
The Phoenix left Cornwall on Tuesday morning and got as far as Beachy Head, however due to the adverse head wind of up to 35 knots and a heavy swell, the Phoenix was forced to turn back. She proceeded towards Shoreham at up to 8 knots and sought refuge in Shoreham Port. The Phoenix was planning to sail to London where they are due to work for Sky Movies filming an adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’. They are currently working on a passage plan and hope to set sail tomorrow.
David Redhead, General Manager of Square Sail said “Our break at Shoreham Port has been very welcome and gave us an opportunity to catch up on some sleep whilst waiting for the low front to pass through, until there was a favourable shift in the wind. We have been to Shoreham Port on many occasions and are always impressed with the exceptional service we receive. I would like to thank Kevin Stewart for the excellent assistance he provided me with for entry into the Port”.
Square Sail have previously used Shoreham Port’s dry dock for the flagship of their fleet, the Kaskelot. They hope to use Shoreham Port’s dry dock again for further maintenance work on their fleet.
Kevin Stewart, Assistant Harbour Master/Pilot commented “We were pleased to be able to help the Phoenix and hope to see plenty more of the Square Sail fleet visiting Shoreham Port, especially at our next open day and will be in discussions with them about this nearer the time”.
For more information on the Square Sail Fleet please visit their website – www.sqaure-sail.com