The Norwegian full rigged ship Sorlandet of Kristiansand called in at Falmouth, which was reported to have been the first time she had called there since 1966.
The Sorlandet was built in 1927 and is the world’s oldest active full rigged ship. She is a handsome ship, built in an age when sailing ships still looked like sailing ships.
Another visitor to Falmouth in October was the 53ft Bristol Channel pilot cutter Kindly Light celebrating her centenary after a 18-year total rebuild at Gweek by David Walkey. Owner Malcom McKeand has gone to great lengths to make her exactly the same as she was when built by Armour Bros at Fleetwood in 1911 for the Barry pilot Lewis Alexander.
The Kindly Light was the last sailing pilot cutter working from Barry and later became the yacht Theodora. In 1960 she became the first vessel to be operated by the Ocean Youth Club. The Kindly Light will not have an engine, but will have to have sails of man-made cloth, as there is no cotton available.