Entering Douglas Harbour, Isle of Man from Heysham Port on 22nd April on the Isle of Man Steam Packet’s mv Ben-My-Chree, it was a pleasure to see the TSYT’s brig rigged tall ship Stavros S Niarchos berthed snugly at the Victoria Pier.
In the late 1900’s the hulls for two brigs were obtained semicompleted from a project in Germany by the Tall Ships Youth Trust (then called the Sail Training Assocation). The two hulls were then transported to Appledore Ship Yards in Devon to be modified to TSYT requirements and fitted out. The Stavros S Niarchos was completed in January 2000, her rig was designed by Michael Willoughby. The sister hull became the Prince William.
The TSYT is dedicated to the personal development of young people, through the crewing of ocean going sail training vessels. Prince William, sister ship of the Stavros Niarchos, operated with her until 2007, when the Prince William was withdrawn from operational status and laid up, initially in Portsmouth Dockyard and then Hull. The Prince William was sold in 2010 to the Pakistan Navy and renamed PNS Rah Naward (Swift Mover).