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The connection between Blyth and Antarctica is a fascinating one. The community initiative utilising its rich history of exploration to transform young lives raised in difficult circumstances is a truly inspiring endeavour. I am delighted and honoured to give it my enthusiastic support. 

Sir Chris Bonington

Tall ships, adventure and active learning, all aimed at getting young people in to new jobs. This is an inspirational project for Northumberland and we should all back it.

The Duchess of Northumberland

This is an exceptional project. This story of the British first sighting of the Antarctic land mass deserves to be celebrated.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Antarctica was discovered by a boat from Blyth, Northumberland...

In 1819 the Antarctic landmass was discovered by a ship and skipper from the small North East town of Blyth, Northumberland.

The Brig Williams was built in Blyth and owned by a local  born and raised man, Captain William Smith. To celebrate the anniversary of this British achievement the charity, Blyth Tall Ship restored a similar wooden tall ship, the Williams II at almost the same location the original ship was built. It now runs Williams Expedition voyages to recreate some of the experiences William Smith would have had. The ongoing sailing programme started with an around Britain sail in 2019 and continues with day trips, week long experiences and longer expeditions. We sail with local people, corporate clients, trainees and unemployed crew looking to expand their CV by challenging themselves and learning offshore skills as well as those just seeking an adventure.

We continue to recruit experienced and inexperienced crews for ongoing voyages.

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Our Purpose

Blyth Tall Ship aims to be a life changing ‘Gangway To The Sea’, that brings hope and aspiration to Blyth and the surrounding region, through skills training and individual engagement, supported by a family of volunteers and trusted collaborative partnerships.

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