Pelican of London

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TS Pelican at sail in 2010
Name: Pelican
Builder: Chantiers et Ateliers Augustin Normand, Le Havre, France
Launched: 1948
Status: Arctic fishing trawler
Name: Kadett
Acquired: 1968
Status: Reclassed as a coastal trading vessel
United Kingdom
Name: Pelican of London
Acquired: 1995
In service: 2007
Status: In use
Notes: Rebuilt as sail training ship, 1995–2007
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 226 GRT
Length: 45.0 M (148 ft.) LE; 34.6 M (114 ft.) LOA hull
Beam: 7.03 M (23 ft.)
Draught: 3.95 M (13.0 ft.) (aft)
Propulsion: Volvo Penta TAMD 120A-CC 290HP. Reconditioned 2000. Load Test 310 HP 2004.
Sail plan: Main mast barquentine
Pelican at Liverpool, 2013

Pelican of London is a sail training ship based in the United Kingdom. Built in 1948 as Pelican she served as an Arctic trawler and then coastal trading vessel named Kadett until 1995. In 2007 the ship was completed after many years of being re-built as a sail-training ship.[1]


Built in 1948 in Le Havre, France, Pelican was originally a double-beam Arctic fishing trawler,[2] one of five identical ships built in Chantiers et Ateliers, the shipyard once owned by the shipbuilder Augustin Normand. She was sold to a Norwegian firm and spent the next 19 years fishing the Arctic.

In 1968 Pelican was reclassified from a trawler to a coaster. Her owners renamed her Kadett. She remained Kadett for 27 years until in 1995 she again changed hands.

She was bought by ex-Naval Commander Graham Neilson who transformed her into a tall ship and renamed her Pelican of London. He had already undertaken a similar project with the TS Astrid. Working in Portland Harbour, Dorset, UK, Neilson and his team spent 12 years stripping back the trawler and rebuilding her as a main mast barquentine.[3] A moderate rearrangement of the mainmast standing rigging enables the yards to be braced to half the traditional angle when on the wind, giving the ship unusual windward ability for a square rigger. A trainee on the ship won the 2010 Torbay cup.[4]

As of 2012, Pelican of London is operated as a sail training vessel for young people, by the charity Adventure Under Sail.[5] Sail Training International ranks it is a Class A tall ship.[6] In autumn of 2012, Pelican of London was scheduled to become the first sailing ship in a century to make a trans-Atlantic voyage from the Port of Liverpool with fare-paying passengers.[7] It's not clear if this voyage took place. Pelican has completed a number of transatlantic voyages.[8]

Pelican of London was advertised for sale in 2012, valued at £2.45 million.[9][10]

In June 2015 it was noted as an attendee of Tall Ships Belfast 2015.[11]


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  2. ^ Adventure Under Sail. "Ship specifications". Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  3. ^ Adventure Under Sail. "About The TS Pelican". Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  4. ^ STI - Race Trophies and Awards.
  5. ^ Kitching, Laura (21 September 2011). "Local school children invited aboard Weymouth's tall ship Pelican". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
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  7. ^ Elson, Peter (3 January 2012). "Tall ship Pelican to sail from Liverpool on transatlantic passenger voyage - In The Mix Today - News". Liverpool Echo. Liverpool. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
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  9. ^ Pelican of London
  10. ^ Adshead, Steve (3 May 2012). "Receivers pilot tall ship with view to sale". Smith & Williamson. Retrieved 22 September 2014. …have been tasked with securing a new owner for the 370-tonne sailing vessel, with offers around £2.45m.
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