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Kaskelot approaching Whitehaven

After lying off Whitehaven awaiting high tide and several manoeuvres to get in line with the channel, Kaskelot approached the harbour.

Kaskelot in front of bransty cliffs

The Kaskelot has a double skinned hull made from oak on oak as it was originally built as a supply ship for Greenland in the frozen arctic waters. As well as her current complement of 17 sails she has a 475HP diesel engine.

Kaskelot passing the West pier lighthousePassing the North pier lighthouse

It was great to see this marvellous vessel entering the harbour and many people turned out to see the spectacle.

Kaskelot through the lock gatesKaskelot around the old quayKaskelot across to the sugar tongue

Kaskelot then had to make some delicate moves to get through the lock gates around the old pier, avoiding the new Crow's Nest structure, and to pull up against the Sugar Tongue behind Grand Turk watched by hundreds of people all round the harbour.

Kaskelot behind the Grand Turk


Kaskelot woth Grand Turk on sugar tongueBow of the Kaskelot

The Kaskelot and the Grand Turk looked wonderful side by side against the (almost completed) renovated Sugar Tongue with its statue of a boy on a capstan, stone paving and sculptured seating based on nautical sayings.

On board Kaskelot

On board, below deck, was a photo display of some of the films in which Kaskelot has appeared masquerading as a number of different ships. This included Scott's ship "Tera Nova" in Last Place on Earth. Other film and TV work includes: Cut-throat Island, Swept From The Sea (aka Amy Foster), Return to Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, Longitude and David Copperfield.

She also appeared in a Scottish television series called Stamp of Greatness where she doubled for John Paul Jones' smaller ship Ranger - the very one he used in his attack on Whitehaven, in 1778.

kaskelot with some sails up

External Links:

Square Sail

Visitcumbria Kaskelot Webcam

Internet Movie Database