Falmouth Sunrise

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Falmouth Sunrise

A&P Tyne – Then and Now

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A&P Tyne – Then and Now

A&P Tyne’s yard circa 1960 has certainly undergone some changes as you can see from the more recent photo.

A&P at Hebburn boasts the largest commercial dry dock on the east coast of England.

With major investments in the fabrication facilities in 2009 and a rebuilt quay in 2010, we are capable of fulfilling orders from simple ship repairs to major conversions.

Tall Ship Visit

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Tall Ship Visit

Falmouth has been honoured to host the start point of the Tall Ships’ Race on three occasions in 1966, 1982 and 1998.

Tall Ships Races are popular events and provide a boost to the local economy of any Port in which it is staged.

For the event to be held in Falmouth, it needs A&P’s facilities and support, and the last time a stage was held in Falmouth, in 2008, 50,000 visitors passed through the yard in 3 days, whilst A&P was still running the yard 24/7, fixing ships and handling cargo.

It is always exciting to welcome a Tall Ship to Falmouth, and this weekend will see the Swiss registered, three-masted schooner Salomon moor in Falmouth Harbour after arriving from Horta, the Azores on Saturday 23/6 for a week.

The schooner is operated by the Sternen Youth Centre General Institution, Switzerland, who manage a crisis intervention and therapy programme for behaviourally disturbed teenagers.

Along with her sister vessel Ruach, a two-masted gaff rigged schooner, both ships provide learning facilities for these youngsters who can be placed on the ship for a minimum period of nine months.

Aboard ship they learn through experiential pedagogics or “education on the basis of experience.” The institute also runs three schooling and training centres, and a paragliding and scuba diving school – all of which work closely with the ships.

The Mission to Seafarers

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The Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers plays a vital role in the spiritual and physical care of seafarers in 230 ports worldwide.

The Mission in Falmouth, run by volunteers, is a popular Centre for visiting seafarers and boasts two Royal visits in four years.

On arrival at The Centre seafarers are greeted by the Mission cat.  Josephine Bagpuss, is a female mackerel tabby who lives at The Flying Angel Centre.

She has sat on the laps of over 6,000 seafarers from over 60 nations and has appeared on Songs of Praise.

Baggie, as she is known to seafarers, had a rough start to life as she was left an orphan when her mother was taken by the dockyard fox.   She soon found a home at The Flying Angel Centre, run by The Mission to Seafarers, and has lived there ever since.  Approaching her 8th birthday, Baggie is a firm favourite with visiting seafarers and is pictured here having a cuddle with a young Filipino seafarer.