After a stunning summer and a hectic sailing season our skipper and volunteers have been derigging Pilgrim for winter maintenance over the last couple of days. We’ve been really lucky with the weather. De-rig involves taking down the working rigging and all the blocks so that everything can be checked, maintained and replaced as needed.
Sailing trawlers, like Pilgrim typically carried a crew of four or five. There was a skipper, a mate, an apprentice and a boy or ‘fisher lad’. Sometimes there was a third hand as well. In the mid-Victorian period the boy could be as young as ten but towards the end of the nineteenth century he
Pilgrim had a delightful encounter during the first weekend in June. On arrival in Dartmouth she was faced with ML1387 on the Town Pontoon. Although it may seem unlikely both vessels have quite a bit in common. They are both historic wooden vessels proud to feature in the National Historic Fleet. They have also both
Over the Spring Bank holiday weekend, Brixham hosted its annual Heritage Sailing Regatta. One of the highlights of the event is the race to compete for the King George V Perpetual Cup. Originally gifted by King George V in 1914 for races between working trawlers, the cup was first presented in 1919 by Lord Churston