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Maritime Museum makes 2 Special Additions

8 — 17 August 2009

for Falmouth Week

To coincide with two exciting Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week events the National Maritime Museum Cornwall have made two very special additions to their Main Hall.

Firstly, to accompany the Wayfarer "National" Championships taking place from 8 to 15 August, the Wanderer has returned to the Maritime Museum.

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 and Margaret Dye, Wanderer has sailed over 40,000 nautical miles, including remarkable ocean crossings from Scotland to Norway and Iceland and beyond the Arctic Circle. The Dyes have become famous amongst dinghy sailors, inspiring many people to take their sailing further.

And joining Wanderer in the Main Hall is the surf life saving boat Neville Glidden, to coincide with the Surf Life Festival taking place at Gyllyngvase Beach from 14 to 17 August.

Neville Glidden was built in Australia in 1963 and named after a founding member of Floreat Surf Life Saving Club in Perth, Western Australia. The boat was used in Perth as a rescue and competition boat until it was shipped to Falmouth Surf Life Saving Club in 1985. In 1992 Neville Glidden was then sold to Bude Surf Life Saving Club where she had a successful competition career. Surf life saving boats were first introduced into the UK from Australia in 1965 and, in this country, have always been used primarily for competition and only occasionally for rescue.

Andy Wyke, Boat Collection Manager at the Maritime Museum, says: "Having these two beautiful boats on display is just another way that the Museum shows their support for the wonderful event that is Falmouth Week. We hope this will give visitors an insight into the amazing stories behind some of the boats they can see out on the water this week."

Wanderer and Neville Glidden will be on display at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall throughout Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week.