Blyth Tall Ship has acquired a 100 year old Baltic Trader, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, that we hope to refit and recreate the original voyage of Captain William Smith that discovered the first land in Antarctica in 1819. She is almost exactly the same hull size and configuration as the original Williams although with a vastly more efficient rig from that of a Brig.
The aim is to restore a lost hero to his rightful place in History and at the same time symbolically restore the fortunes of the Blyth Community. We will also inspire life changing decisions for young people, 60 of whom will have the opportunity to sail on the voyage and take part in meaningful science and heritage research that will inform future generations.
We are looking for sponsors for the Expedition, which has as its patrons, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Sir Chris Bonnington.