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Earl Of Abergavenny Sinking Remembered


Published at 8:41am 2nd January 2015.

Local schools are being given the opportunity to set sail back through time to one of Weymouth's most famous historic events.

Adventure Under Sail is working with Portland Museum to mark the 210th anniversary of the sinking of the Earl of Abergavenny when 263 people lost their lives just off the Dorset coast.

Classes will be boarding the charity's tall ship Pelican on 5th or 6th February to about what happened to the ship when it got into trouble on 5th February 1805.

Becky Simmons from Adventure Under Sail says: "Our day sails are hugely popular each year but we wanted to offer something special, something really unique."

There will be real artefacts from the wreck site, and students will learn about life on board a tall ship today during a tour of Pelican where staff from Portland Museum will at hand

Lisa Gravett of Portland Museum says: "This is a unique opportunity for local schools to learn about an incredible story from our local maritime history and to experience this learning in the truly wonderful environment of a working tall ship."

On 12th April 2015 the tall ship Pelican is offering a special commemorative day sail from Weymouth Harbour for members of the public.

Once again staff from Portland Museum will be on board with artefacts from the Abergavenny wreck site and as part of the day sail Pelican will be sailing to the Abergavenny's final resting place to lay a wreath.

On the historic day a large sailing ship called the Earl of Abergavenny got into trouble in bad weather just off the Dorset coast.

During her attempt to seek shelter and refuge in Weymouth she hit the Shambles in Weymouth Bay and subsequently sank.

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