Tall ship 'Williams II' completes her circumnavigation

'Williams II' crew Tobermory to Oban
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The tall ship ‘Williams II’ left Blyth on 19 March to start her round Britain trip. There’s also a Facebook page and the Captain is writing a blog some extracts from which are included here.

Passage: Blyth, Grimsby, Lowestoft, Chatham, Weymouth, Milford Haven, Holyhead [Menai Bridge], Douglas, Ayr, Tobermory, Oban, Ullapool, Scrabster, Wick, Peterhead and back to Blyth. 

22 May: returned to Blyth

17 May

After a stop in Wick, 'Williams II' is at Peterhead for her final crew change before returning to Blyth.

13 May

0200 'Williams II' reported arriving in Scrabster.

9 May

Arrived in Ullapool, join her in Blyth on 1 June to welcome the 'Williams II' home.

2 May

Arrived in Oban for another crew change, and now continuing on her passage north, heading for Ullapool.

30 April

Heading north and arriving into Tobermory, Isle of Mull today at 2030.

24 April

Leaving Holyhead on Wednesday, 17 April, 'Williams II' made passage to the Isle of Man, stopping at Douglas on 22 April. She arrived in Ayr this afternoon.

17 April

'Williams II' set sail from Milford Haven on Tuesday, 16 April, arriving in Holyhead, North Wales today.

12 April

'Williams II' has docked in Milford Haven, awaiting her next crew, due to depart for Menai Bridge next week.

8 April

The joys of Heritage Sailing! We have been having successive worsening of water in our gear box oil since leaving Blyth. We knew there was a very minor leak through a prop shaft gland which was manageable but eventually we identified the heat exchanger was the worsening problem. So out it came and was pronounced defunct by the engineer. A new part was available but could not be guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, so off we went to pick it up ourselves. SE traffic reminds us how wonderful it is to live in Northumberland!

27 March - 4 April

'Williams II' crossed the Thames estuary to arrive in Chatham Friday 28 March for a crew change on Saturday. On Monday 1 April she left Chatham late evening making passage for Ramsgate and sailed on to arrive in Weymouth 3.30pm Thursday 4 April ready for the next crew change.

Tuesday 26 March

“Best made plans etc. Ipswich lock was completely broken and if we got in we might not have got out for three days!! Had an overnight sail to the Blackwater arriving midnight and anchored."

Friday 22 March

“The crew proved happy and competent despite three hour watches through the night. We got through the bridge at Lowestoft and headed for the Marina just after 6.00pm after a successful first week of our round Britain adventure. ‘Williams II’ is in great shape for another week."

Wednesday 20 March

“All the crew were up at 2.15am and away at 3.00am in the dark. Light winds all day and had to motor to sail into Grimsby at 7.30pm, to a warm and helpful welcome from the harbour team, yacht club and one of the carpenters who helped with the out of water refit in late 2017.”

Sunday 17 March: planned departure date for ‘Williams II’ to leave Blyth.

“With the swell dying down, our morning was spent ringing ahead to Whitby, Grimsby and Lowestoft and recalculating the weeks sailing times to fit the tides for port entries. By the end of lunchtime we were able to announce 5.30am departure on Tuesday 19 March.” 

4 Apr 2019