One of Trinity Sailing most popular vessels has returned to sea after an extensive project to improve her deck.
Provident — built in 1924 — left port today for the first time since September, last year. Her crew, scores of volunteers, and a team of shipwrights have been working tirelessly to get her ready for the new sailing season after having her entire aft deck removed and replaced.
The work was part-funded by The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund, through the Arts Council, along with support from other generous individuals and organisations.
Provident is currently on her first trip, a west country cruise, and will be arriving in Falmouth, this Friday, ahead of her first sail training week, beginning on Saturday.
Ben Wheatley, Trinity Sailing’s Operations Director, said: “It great to see guests back on board and she’s looking fantastic. I want to thank all of our crew, volunteers and all the shipwrights for their amazing hard work.”
The vessel forms part of UK National Historic Fleet, a status which ranks her alongside the likes of HMS Victory and the Cutty Sark.
After the Second World War, Provident arrived in Salcombe, in 1951, as the founding vessel of the Island Cruising Club where she remained until 1999 when she started working from Brixham as part of the newly-formed Trinity Sailing Foundation. Provident was built in 1924, in the same yard on the River Dart as Leader. She was a replacement for an earlier vessel of the same name, sunk during the First World War by a German U-boat. She fished out of Brixham for 10 years before being sold to a wealthy American and converted to a private yacht.
If you would like to join Provident for a cruise this year, you can call Trinity Sailing on 01803 88 33 55 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Her full voyage programme is available online at www.trinitysailing.org