- 1948 - 1967 Le Pelican
- 1968 - 1995 Kadett
TS PELICAN OF LONDON was built in France as an Arctic Fishing Trawler in 1948 and fished until 1967 as LE PELICAN.
From 1968 to 1995 she served as the coaster KADETT. Arrested for trafficking a whole cargo of Vodka from Finland in 1993, Kadett became an Excise sale.
The ship remained in Norway until 1995, when she was purchased by Retired Commander Graham Neilson for restoration and registered in London. The ship was motored to Portland in Dorset, UK where a complete restoration and reconstruction would take place over almost 12 years. Pelican of London was converted into a Main Mast Barquentine and commenced her maiden voyage in September of 2007.
The Pelican regularly takes part in Tall Ships Races and took part in the Queen's Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames.
PELICAN of LONDON is a three masted sailing ship that is 45m in length, with 43 berths and registered and equipped for world-wide, expeditionary voyages. She spends the winter on an Atlantic adventure with young students on a 6 month voyage and the summer in UK and European waters, engaged in a number of shorter voyages with young people aged between 14 and 20.
She belongs to charity Adventure Under Sail (Charity No: 1124276). Website: https://www.adventureundersail.com/
Adventure Under Sail
Formed in 2008, Adventure under Sail is a charity supporting the development of young people through sail training. In 2011 the charity became owners and operators of Tall Ship Pelican to further its aims. Since then it has worked with and helped many hundreds of young people between the ages of 15 and 30, all of whom have grown as individuals and many have gone into further education or a work placement, and are putting their newly acquired skills into practice.
The Trust mainstay programme is ‘Sea The Future’ which has three strands; Sail Training, Ocean Science & Maritime Careers
Mission for ‘Sea the Future’
“To provide real life experiences and an alternate form of education for all young people. Encouraging equality, inclusiveness and passion through adventure and challenge. Promoting personal growth, creating awareness about diverse career options and bringing environmental conservation into the forethought of all that we do.”
Each winter, The Pelican of London heads off on a Transatlantic, adventurous, exciting alternative to traditional lessons in a sailing classroom for high school students and gap years, as an exchange programme of 32 students with its partners Ocean College:
Built by Chantiers-et-Ateliers Augustin Normand, Le Havre, France
In service as Arctic fishing trawler under name LE PELICAN
In service as Coaster under name KADETT
Transformed into barquentine and registered in London
Adventure Under Sail established as Charity with Trustees
Completed inaugural transatlantic voyage, followed by a number of long-distance voyages, before settling on the South Coast in Weymouth, Dorset. Took part in Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames as well as Tall Ships Races
Delivered short sail training voyages from base in Weymouth and day sails at weekends
Developed new Operational Model focused solely on delivering transformational sail training voyages to young people across the UK and European ports during the summer months
First Partnership ‘Winter Classroom’ Expedition with Ocean College
Ocean Science and Maritime Careers modules developed under See the Future brand to complement summer voyages and build on experience from winter educational voyages
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