A Little About The Tall Ships Youth Trust
The Charity's Beginnings
New Ships Project
Press Release - 14th December 1998
New Ship Attributes
New Brig Named - STA News Winter/ Spring 2000
Date set for Sir Winston Churchill decomissioning
Second Brig Named - Prince William
A Little About The Tall Ship Youth Trust
Nearly two thousand young people undergo personal development training on the charity's two vessels each year and over 60,000 have sailed over the past 30 years. The task of raising awareness, funds and assisting the youngsters to sail is greatly assisted by local volunteers scattered across the UK. The work of the charity allows it to be the largest provider of the Royal Yachting Association 'competent crew' certification. The performance outcomes of the voyages match the criteria set up by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) in evaluating youth work effectiveness. The work is also endorsed by the DfEE (Department of Education and Employment) as a successful experiential education programme. The DfEE has also provided a grant to the charity which helps in it's work.
|Sir Winston Churchill||Malcolm Miller|
|Built||Hessle 1966||Aberdeen 1968|
|Max Draft||4.9 metres||4.9 metres|
|Overall Length||45.67 metres||45.67 metres|
|Overall Beam||8.31 metres||8.38 metres|
|Loaded Displacement||332.6 tonnes||332 tonnes|
|Air Draft With Topmast||35 metres||35 metres|
|Air draft Without Topmast||31.5 metres||31.5 metres|
|Total Sail Area||811.8 square metres||811.8 square metres|
|Engines||Ford Mermaid x2 202kw||Perkin x2 179 kw|
|Radars||Racal Decca||Racal Decca|
|Echo Sounder||Kelvin Hughes||Kelvin Hughes|
|Satcom C||Thrane and Thrane||Thrane and Thrane|
|MF / HF Radio||Marconi||Marconi|
|VHF||Sailor and Furuno||Furuno|
|Fire Detection||Thorn Minerva||Thorn Minerva|
When the crew weren't on duty they spent a lot of time on the half deck. This was a communal living and sleeping accommodation where they also sat down eat their meals. Often described as 'cramped' the halfdecks had one great benefit - they acted as a great melting pot bringing all the watches together. The halfdeck was equipped with comfortable bunks, showers and electrical supplies for hair dryers and razors etc. The half deck was also used by the captain to brief the crew and of course - crew relaxation.During their time with the STA, many great adventures were had on these vessels and they will always be thought of fondly. The warmth of the regard that these ships have inspired, can be felt by reading the voyage reports, found in the publications section.
Sail Training Association And Appledore Shipbuilders in £10 Million New Ships Deal.
The Sail Training Association (STA) and Appledore Shipbuilders in North Devon today announced a deal to build two new identical sail training ships, the first of which will be delivered at the end of 1999 in time for the millenium celebrations. The new ships will eventually replace the schooners Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller when they are retired.The schooners were built more than 30 years ago and have provided sail training for more than 60,000 young people in Britain. The new ships, 195 feet steel hulled brigs (square rigged on two masts) will be larger than the existing schooners. Each will carry 48 trainees, a permanent crew of six and a volunteer after-guard of 11. "Tha STA is dedicated to the personal development of young people through the sail training experience on tall ships", said STA President Sir Robin Knox-Johston."The new ships will have more berths, better facilities and lower operating cost than our two current ships. They will make a significant contribution to the development of our work with young people over the next 20-30 years. We still have a considerable fundraising task ahead of us, and making a start on the first ship now has only been possible because of a grant of £3.5 million from the Lottery Sports Fund." "Appledore was selected from a very competitive field of eight yards in Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway and Portugal as well as the UK", said New Ships committee chairman Giles Pritchard-Gordon. "Appledore won on quality, price and a guaranteed delivery schedule". "This will be an exciting project for us," said Jim Wilson, Managing Director of Appledore Shipbuilders. "Winning this contract is further evidence of our ability, particularly that of our management and workforce, to remain competitive in a global industry." Over the last ten years Appledore Shipbuilders turnover has risen from £12 million to £48 million. Its direct workforce has risen 25 percent in just the last two years to 500 and, with its wide range of subcontractors in the region, the company is now one of the biggest employers in the West Country. The initial contract, worth more than £5 million, is to build the first ship by December 1999. A contract for the second ship will be confirmed later. The new ships have been designed by Burness, Corlett & Partners in association with Micheal Willoughby.
Length Over Hull
Breadth Main Deck
Height of Masts
Total Complement :
|59.35 m (195ft)
50.20 m (160ft)
40.60 m (133ft)
9.91 m (32ft)
4.55 m (14ft 10in)
45 m (147ft 7in)
1162 sq m
330 kw x 2
60 kw (80hp)
80 kw x 4
In January of 1999, the first of the two hulls was towed from Wear Dockyard, Sunderland to the Torridge Estuary and delivered to Appledore shipyards. An appeal went out to all STA supporters not to flood the shipyard with calls! The second hull followed in February when a window in the winter weather allowed for a safe towing operation.By February 1999, the permanent crew for the first new brig was chosen as Bob Stephenson (Master) Roy Malkin (Chief Officer), Sim Hoggarth (Engineer), Sue Tylor (Cook), and Darren Naggs (Boatswain). Bob Stephenson and Roy Malkin sailed on the square rigged Lord Nelson and Alexander Von Humboldt respectively to cover the 75 days minimum experience imposed by The Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the Department of Transport. Throughout the year of 1999, the fitting out of the new brig proceeded to plan and to budget and despite the appeals for calm, many requests were made to visit and view the work under progress. In the latter half of the year, a visiting weekend was arranged much to the relief of the STA members. When it became clear in the middle of 1999 that the Malcolm Miller was the first of the two schooners to be decommissioned. In part due to the large outlay on the Sir Winston Churchill's winter overhaul of 1998 to 1999. On the positive side, news came through of a £1 million donation from the Andrew Salvesen Charitable Trust. This brought the total raised at that point to nearly half the £11.5 million required. The announcement of the Miller's fate gave the summer charter weekend in the Clyde an added poignancy, as it was be the last time both these vessels would race against each other in the Clyde. The date on which the Malcolm Miller was to be decommissioned was set for the 26th November and the volunteers in Glasgow and Scotland marked the day with a few drams. Originally she was set to a new home with Sail And Adventure Limited, an Australian sail training organisation based in Victoria. This company has so far been limited to operations in Port Phillip Bay and the Malcolm Miller would have allowed them to venture out to sea with their trainees. Unfortunately, the sale could not be completed and as mentioned above she was eventually sold to a private buyer and converted into a private yacht. In early 2001 the news came through that she was to be renamed the Helena C after the new owner's daughter.
Major Funding Honours A Great Man Of The SeaThis was the headline that announce to the general public that a name had been chosen for the first of the new replacement ships. The announcement continued as follows : The Stavros S Niarchos Foundation has made a substantial donation to the Sail Training Association (STA) towards the completion of the STA's two new brigs. The first of these will be delivered to the STA in January 2000 and will be called "STAVROS S NIARCHOS". The Foundation was created by Mr Stavros Niarchos and subsequent to his death in 1996, has been adminstered by a Board of Directors, including members of his family. The donation to the STA has been granted to honour the name of this great man who had an abiding love of the sea, as well as the greatest respect for seamanship and all the benefits of sail training. In 1956, he loaned his three-masted staysail schooner "CREOLE" to the British navy to enable naval cadets to take part in the Sail Training Association's first Tall Ship's Race from Torbay to Lisbon in 1956. This generous gesture was repeated in 1958. "This magnificent donation is a major boost to our fundraising efforts to complete the two new brigs" comments STA President, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. "It is also a significant endorsement of our work dedicated to the personal development of young people through the sail training experience on tall ships." The official naming ceremony for the new brig was conducted in the Spring of 2000 and she then began her maiden voyage around Britain in March 2000.
An STA announcement in the late summer of 2000 confirmed that the Sir Winston Churchill was to be decommissioned on the 4th of December 2000. Her replacement, the second brig, was by then paid for and the dockyard was confident that they could deliver her within six months of the order being placed. Overall, the Stavros S Niarchos had been received well by those who had sailed her. There are always a few design niggles with new ships and once the relevant changes had been decided upon the second brig was ordered. A plan was set in place to raise a further £1.75m to establish an endowment fund to subsidise future voyages on the new brigs.In early 2001 the news came through that the Churchill had been sold to an Isle of Man Company. She is still to be used as a youth sail training vessel and is likely to be sailed in the eastern med. Below decks she is to be converted to take a lower number of berths - 20 rather than the 38 when she sailed with the STA. Her configuration above deck is said to remain the same.
The was much debate and anticipation from the STA supporters as the second brig floated out of the Appledore shipyard on the 24th of February 2001. She was handed over to the STA on the 16th of March but it wasn't until the 2nd of April that any announcement was made from STA headquarters. This stated that the ship would be named after 'most famous young person in the UK today' and speculation was rife. The name was finally announced on the 20th of April 2001 as she sailed under Tower Bridge, London - "Prince William".