Movie tall ship sails into Haven for festival

Milford Mercury: STARRING ROLE: The tall ship Earl of Pembroke will be taking part in Seafair Haven Festival. PICTURE: Milford Mercury (6819856) STARRING ROLE: The tall ship Earl of Pembroke will be taking part in Seafair Haven Festival. PICTURE: Milford Mercury (6819856)

A SHIP famous for her starring roles in Hornblower and Cloud Atlas arrived in Milford Haven on Tuesday morning, ready to take part in this year’s Seafair Haven Festival.

The tall ship Earl of Pembroke, which travelled overnight from Bristol, will be working with local educational trusts the Darwin Centre and the HMS Beagle Project to offer local young people the chance to explore the waterway, and take part in scientific research.

The vessel will also host crews from ITV’s Coast and Country programme.

Built in 1945, the ship has been beautifully restored, and is closely modelled on the HMS Endeavour - the vessel commanded by explorer James Cook.

The ship will remain in port for the Seafair Haven Festival, which runs from Saturday, June 7, until Saturday, June 14, and anyone wanting to take a closer look at the ship, or meet its captain Gerrith Borrett, is invited to go down and say hello.

Now in its fifth year, the festival welcomes traditional and classic vessels to the Milford Haven Waterway for a week of onshore and offshore events.

This year around 60 traditional boats and vessels from all over the UK and across Europe are scheduled to arrive in the Haven for the festival, which will see events take place in Milford Haven, Lawrenny, Neyland, Cresswell Quay, Haverfordwest, Hazelbeach and Dale.

The festival is organised by the Tall Ships (Wales) Trust with the support of the Port of Milford Haven and other local businesses.

The Tall Ships (Wales) Trust aims to provide sailing opportunities for young people and to support events that provide sail training opportunities.

Maudie Hughes, Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Tourism, said the festival “provides an opportunity for visitors and locals alike to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the main waterway in the county”.

She added: “With something for everyone, whether they are an experienced sailor, or a spectator, it is a great event and attracts a great number of visitors to the area."

For more information on the festival and the event itinerary visit www.seafairhaven.org.uk.

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