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South Devon College students join in Brixham Pilgrim's progress

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

Pilgrim

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An historic sailing boat restored to her former glory is preparing to make a return to the waters.

The Pilgrim was one of the original Brixham sailing trawlers built and rigged in the town in 1895.

Volunteers formed the Pilgrim BM45 Trust and have spent 10 years restoring the vessel and are making final preparations to launch the boat for her first commercial sailing season.

Now a partnership has been formed with South Devon College allowing 32 marine engineering students to gain experience on the Pilgrim over the next five years.

Matthew Rowse, a Marine Academy course tutor from South Devon College, said: “There is nothing to rival the experience of seeing these things for real. The students will benefit hugely from this kind of involvement.”

The partnership will allow students to work alongside professional crew and craftsmen to develop heritage skills in shipwrighting and vessel maintenance. They will also gain recognised sailing qualifications to support their future careers.

The 19th century boat is still capable of fishing as she has retained the trawl posts and original winch used in the 1890s to haul a catch.

Below deck she has been remodelled using reclaimed fixtures and fittings from Pilgrim herself and other historic vessels.

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