The connection between Blyth and Antarctica is a fascinating one. The community initiative utilising its rich history of exploration to transform young lives raised in difficult circumstances is a truly inspiring endeavour. I am delighted and honoured to give it my enthusiastic support.
Sir Chris Bonington
Tall ships, adventure and active learning, all aimed at getting young people in to new jobs. This is an inspirational project for Northumberland and we should all back it.
The Duchess of Northumberland
This is an exceptional project. This story of the British first sighting of the Antarctic land mass deserves to be celebrated.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Almost 200 years ago Antarctica was discovered from a ship built in the small North East town of Blyth, Northumberland.
The Williams was built and owned by a Captain William Smith a man born and raised in Blyth. On the anniversary of this British achievement in 2020 it is The Williams Expedition aim to restore a working tall ship as the Williams II in Blyth at almost the same location the original ship was built and then to recreate some of the experiences William Smith would have had by sailing her on a series of expeditions with local people and trainees and unemployed crew looking to expand their CV by challenging themselves and learning offshore skills.
The expedition aims to showcase the North Easts talent, engineering and technology on a world stage and in conjunction with Newcastle University undertake meaningful marine science.
We continue to recruit experienced and inexperienced crews for ongoing voyages.
Through the inspiration of the discovery of Antarctica by a local hero, we want to provide hope for an entire community emerging from difficult times.
We deliver aspiration through mentoring and leadership and give back purpose to a young generation that deserves better.Discover more