Great Yarmouth welcomes Poldark tall ship ahead of maritime festival
PUBLISHED: 16:16 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 07:39 06 September 2017
A tall ship which starred in the hit series Poldark has sailed into Great Yarmouth ahead of a major festival that celebrates seafaring.
The Kaskelot, which is one of the world’s largest remaining wooden tall ships, docked yesterday at South Quay as preparations geared up for this weekend’s Maritime Festival.
Built in 1948 at the Svendborg shipyard in Denmark she is now used in many film and television productions, including Return to Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers and David Copperfield as well as Poldark, that stars Aidan Turner.
While Kaskelot will steal the limelight at the annual festival, preparations for the event meant that once docked on the quay she was partially obscured by barriers, tents and workmen.
The barque double topsail vessel has a crew of 18, eight cabins and can carry 12 passengers and has three masts.
She underwent a multi-million pound refit in 2013, with more than 55,000 man hours invested to date.
Her home port is Bristol, where she spent the summer, and she was in Dartmouth, Devon, for sailing trips before travelling round the coast to Great Yarmouth, where she arrived yesterday morning after travelling down the River Yare from the sea.
About 30,000 visitors are expected to visit the 18th annual Maritime Festival this Saturday and Sunday.
Other vessels on display will include the 1937 motor torpedo boat MTB102 and the new steam ship George Stephenson, which was built using recycled or salvaged parts from ships, boats and buildings.
And as part of the festival history writer and producer of historical television documentaries James Evans will give a free talk at the Town Hall’s Council Chamber at noon on Saturday.
He will discuss the motives behind the English migration to America in the 17th century.
At 1.15pm, he will visit the Heritage Hub, at Historic South Quay, and sign copies of his new book, Emigrants: Why The English Sailed To The New World.
Great Yarmouth is mentioned in a chapter which explores the relevance of fishing in 17th century England.
His talk is part of a plethora of festival attractions at the hall, which will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm for a Heritage Open Days scheme.