Tall ship 'Williams II' arrives in Holyhead, N. Wales

'Williams II' crew on the Chatham to Weymouth leg of Round Britain, April 2019
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The tall ship ‘Williams II’ left Blyth on 19 March to start her round Britain trip. She has AIS fitted, so do track her progress to find when she’s in your Area. There’s also a Facebook page and the Captain is writing a blog some extracts from which are included here. We'll be updating this page as she makes her way round the coast . . .

Planned route: Blyth, Grimsby, Lowestoft, Chatham, Weymouth, Milford Haven, Menai Bridge, Ayr, Oban, Ullapool, Scrabster and back to Blyth. 

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.” 

Published: 
4 Apr 2019