TALL SHIP ZEBU is the world’s first historic tall ship to have an electric auxiliary propulsion system.  

Zebu is now the proud owner of a state-of-the-art electric flux motor which is lightweight and compact, and is powered by environmentally friendly rechargeable batteries.

“This is a major personal and technical achievement – helped by funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund  - which has been 2 ½ years of constant research and development, stubborn self-belief and working through a wall of doubters, but, I can say that we continue our journey to achieve our aim of completely restoring and keeping this beautiful iconic ship afloat and now with the electric motor installed and running, this is a huge leap on the way to being 100% powered by renewable clean energy” said the ship’s Captain, Gerrith Borrett.


He went on to say “This is a national prestigious award from National Historic Ships UK and demonstrates the importance of Tall Ship Zebu as a national maritime heritage vessel. It also recognises the tremendous amount of both the effort involved, and the brilliant results of our small but very  dedicated team of crew and amazing volunteers, all of whom have kept very positive under these recent challenging circumstances. Tall Ship Zebu will ensure that we can continue the journey to achieve our aim of completely restoring Zebu so that – when feasible - coastal communities can once again benefit from having an historic Tall Ship visit their area”.

The team have also reached another milestone! The MCA have inspected the ship and have given the all clear for Zebu to set sail again.  

Zebu is now heading south to Bristol - probably for the winter - where she'll undergo a mandatory out of water hull inspection.  The team are super delighted!  

For news on when we'll be heading out of Albert Dock and into the Mersey, make sure you're following their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.


Tall Ship Zebu has achieved so much and has positively affected the lives of everyone who has been involved with her.  With your support she will continue to do so and will enable the Team to continue to restore the ship further, continue to sail with new generations of sail trainees, and so she can be used as a benchmark maritime heritage educational platform showcasing how traditional sailing vessels were built, sailed and how they were used as coastal trading vessels.  They will also be able to continue to provide opportunities for volunteers to learn new and heritage maritime skills, and to offer workshops to a broad range of educational specialist interest groups.  Any donation you can make will help greatly with this work.

Find out more about Tall Ship Zebu, one of our Shipshape Network North Projects here.

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