Our aims for maritime heritage
Trinity has two main aims, one of which is maritime heritage. That in turn has two aspects:
- The preservation of our historic vessels
- Increasing public interest in, and appreciation of, the heritage that the vessels represent
We believe that the best way of ensuring the preservation of the vessels is through giving people the chance to experience helping to sail the vessels and understanding what it must have been like to work on them, and through our all-important work with young people. (For more information visit sail-training).
Preservation costs money. We earn much of that money through our programmes of sailing holidays, charter and other activities open to the general public. In addition we seek grants and donations for specific restoration projects that are too expensive to be funded out of income. For examples of these please visit our Leader and Provident project pages.
During the course of a seven-month sailing season our professional and volunteer crew undertake preventive maintenance designed to reduce wear and tear. The vessels work hard — for up to 30 weeks a year without a break — but a carefully-planned routine of daily, weekly and monthly maintenance reduces the impact on their fabric, gear and equipment. The money we earn also funds an exhaustive winter refit programme lasting five months. It also, incidentally, enables us to provide sail training for young people at cost.
Being able to sail on the boats is the best way to learn to appreciate them and the traditions and the way of life they represent. Please see our Brixham trawler pages for more information. However, we also visit maritime festivals and other events, at the largest of which up to 250,000 people have a chance to view them and learn about them. They are also on display in their home port of Brixham, and at every port or harbour they visit during the course of each year.