Tall ship Pelican drops anchor off Portland with important cargo

Tall ship Pelican drops anchor off Portland with important cargo

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:29am 7th April 2020.

The Pelican of London has docked at Portland to drop off a doctor so she can return to her duties during the pandemic.

43 people are currently on board the ship which set off from Bordeaux in France in October.

They include 32 students, mainly from Germany along with 3 teachers and 8 permanent crew.

The crew have stopped for two days at Portland to drop off a doctor so she can return to her duties because of the pandemic. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the Pelican is unable to return to Bordeaux, the intended port for disembarkation.

Instead they are sailing up the channel to Cuxhaven where parents will drive to and collect each student in a controlled handover.

TS Pelican

The ship has maintained isolation for the past 4 weeks and avoided crew changes until after the students depart.

Nobody else will be disembarking from the ship because of COVID-19. They will also be stocking up on provisions for the rest of the journey to Cuxhaven, Germany.

Pelican of London is owned by Adventure Under Sail, a charity which trains young people in sailing to support their development.