18 May 2012

Last week

Shoreham Port welcomed a magnificent three masted 19th Century

barque, known as the Kaskelot to the Port. The Kaskelot is the flagship of a

fleet of Square Sail Ships, built by J. Ring Anderson in 1948, for the Royal

Greenland Trading Company, supplying the remote East Greenland coastal

settlements. Subsequently she acted as a fisheries support vessel in the Faroe

Islands.

The Port’s engineering team docked the

barque to allow the owner to replace a significant length of the sacrificial

“worm shoe” along the keel that was damaged following a recent grounding off

the French coast.  They have also taken

the opportunity to carry out a detailed inspection of the hull. The Kaskelot has

undergone its statutory inspection by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and

the crew have used the down-time to touch up some of the caulking, inspect the propeller,

replace anodes, range the anchor chains and apply anti-fouling paint.

The Kaskelot

has been capturing the imagination of many passers-by. Those that use the

popular route across the lock gates pass under the shadow of the bowsprit and the

dramatic masts which conjure up thoughts of pirates and long forgotten expeditions!

The Kaskelot has featured in a number of major films and television productions

including Amazing Grace, Cutthroat Island, David Copperfield, Last Place on

Earth, Longitude, A Respectable Trade, Return to Treasure Island, Revolution, Shackleton,

Swept from the Sea and The Three Musketeers.

Keith Wadey,

Assistant Port Engineer said “I am delighted the Kaskelot has returned to

Shoreham again. This is the tenth time the Kaskelot has used the Port’s dry

dock facilities and we are well equipped to dock vessels of this size”. The

Kaskelot is one of the largest remaining wooden ships in commission.

Dave Redhead, General Manager of Square Sail said “We are

really pleased to be using Shoreham Port’s dry dock again. It is a great

facility, especially since the recent refurbishment of the dock. Keith Wadey

and his engineering staff have been exceptionally helpful and we hope to return

to Shoreham Port next year.”

Shoreham

Port has a number of bookings over the coming months, but they aim to remain as

flexible as possible, so if you are interested in using the dry dock facility

at Shoreham Port or have any questions then please contact one of the team on

01273 598100. Alternatively for further information on Shoreham Port’s dry dock

please visit the Port’s dry dock

webpage.

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