In the run up to the school holidays the Maritime Museum in Falmouth are making two very special additions to the displays in their Main Hall.
Firstly, to mark the 50th anniversary of Frank Dye’s “summer cruise” from Scotland to Norway, Wanderer will be making a welcome return from July 11.
Wanderer is a Wayfarer dinghy which has pushed the limits of dinghy sailing. The Wayfarer class of boat was originally designed for family sailing and camping.
However, under the expert seamanship of Frank Dye, Wanderer has sailed over 40,000 nautical miles, including a remarkable ocean crossings from Scotland to Norway in 1964. Frank has become famous amongst dinghy sailors, inspiring many people to take their sailing further.
And joining Wanderer in the Main Hall, from July 15 will be another remarkable vessel - a boat made from 800 plastic bottles.
The six-metre trimaran, named Respect, was constructed last year by Cornish boat builder Andy Fox with the help of pupils from Fourlanesend School in South East Cornwall as part of a project to highlight the issue of waste. Andy previously built the huge recycled plastic boat Plastiki, which sailed from San Francisco to Australia in 2010.
To coincide with the launch of the bottle boat exhibit, the Maritime Museum in Falmouth will be hosting a conference on marine waste on July 21. Organised by beach-cleaning group Rame Peninsula Beach Care with support from the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, the conference will focus on the impacts of and potential solutions to the problem of ocean plastic. Anyone wishing to attend the event or find out more can contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Wyke, Boat Collection Manager at the Maritime Museum, says: “One of the wonderful things about my job is the incredible stories I get to share. The Maritime Museum isn’t just about boats, it’s about the stories behind the boats, the extraordinary people who built and sailed them and the adventures they had. I can’t think of two better or more diverse examples of this than Wanderer and Respect.”
Wanderer and Respect will be on display at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall throughout the summer.