Earl of Pembroke (tall ship)
|Owner:||From delivery owned by Rederi AB Tellus (mngr Arthur Wingren) in Oskarshamn|
|Builder:||Albert Svenson, Pukavik, Sweden|
|Launched:||1945 for shipowner A. Wingren in Oskarshamn on the Swedish east coast|
|Name:||Earl of Pembroke|
|Owner:||Current / Metaco LLP|
|Owner:||Previous / R. Davies|
|Class and type:||Barque|
|Tons burthen:||178 tons GRT; 352t displacement|
|Length:||LOA 44.2m (145 ft)|
|Beam:||7.3 m (24 ft)|
|Draught:||3.20 m (10.5 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Engine 6-cylinder, turbo diesel, 405 hp|
|Sail plan:||885 square m (9500 square ft)|
|Complement:||Crew of 15|
up to 50 pass. for day tripsup to 12 pass. overnight
Earl of Pembroke is a wooden, three masted barque, currently used for maritime festivals, charters, charity fund raising, corporate entertaining and film work.
The current rig has been designed and built to resemble the famous HMS Endeavour on board of which Captain Cook discovered Australia. It is known that the Endeavour used to be called 'Earl of Pembroke' in the days when she worked as a coal trader in the West Country.
Earl of Pembroke as we know her today has been built with festivals and film work in mind. Her three masted rig and the interrupted decks create a beautiful and unforgettable silhouette of a classic sailing ship. There is no superstructure or wheelhouse to interrupt the lines. What goes with it she only needs minimal work to get a perfect, period correct aerial or side shot. With a little bit more effort she can be made to look like an old Spanish Galleon or steam-sailing ship from the age of the Arctic expeditions.
She is a truly magnificent vessel built as a real, working wooden sailing boat and maintained in that way to preserve her natural character and beauty.
She was built in Pukavik, Sweden as "Orion" in 1945. The ship was used to haul timber in the Baltic Sea until 1974, when she was laid up in Thisted, Denmark. She was brought over to the UK in 1980 and the full restoration began in 1985. As part of the restoration, the rig was changed from the original Schooner to her current Barque type, and she was renamed "The Earl of Pembroke".
As soon as the work to 'bring her back from the dead' was completed and the new rig was up Earl of Pembroke quickly become producers' favourite vessel. Both small and big screen movie makers proved very interested in the versatility and attractiveness of the ship.
It is not surprising that she also proved very popular amongst the organisers of many maritime festivals around the UK and Europe.
Below are listed some of the festivals and events in which Earl of Pembroke took (alphabetical order):
- Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival 2016
- Brest Maritime Festival 2012
- DelfSail 2016
- Dublin River Festival 2016
- Gloucester Maritime Festival 2015
- Milford Haven Festival - Seafair Heaven
- Southampton Boat Show 2015
Film and television career
Earl of Pembroke was used in the following films:
- Hornblower Series III
- Treasure Island
- A Respectable Trade
- Moll Flanders
- Mary Reilly
- Cutthroat Island
- Frenchman's Creek
- Shaka Zulu
- Wives and Daughters
- Count of Monte-Cristo
- L'Épervier, French television series
- Alice in Wonderland (2010 film)
- Cloud Atlas
- Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
- Nils Nilsson: "Shipyards and Ship-Building at a Wharf in Southern Sweden". In: Ships and Shipyards, Sailors and Fishermen: Introduction to Maritime Ethnology by Olof Hasslöf, Henning Henningsen and Arne Emil Christensen Jr. Copenhagen, 1972.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Earl of Pembroke (ship, 1948).|
- Earl of Pembroke Website
- BBC; Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
- BBC; Cumbria Features Tall Ships - Earl of Pembroke
- Earl of Pembroke Facebook Page
- Metaco LLP - Earl of Pembroke Owners
- Port of Milford Haven
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