Onedin Line tall ship to revisit north Wales

Thursday 26 August 2010, 12:16

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A ship that once appeared in the popular 1970s BBC television drama The Onedin Line will once again be sailing along the north Wales coast.

The ship, called Kathleen and May, is Britain's last three-masted topsail schooner. It was built for Captain John Coppack in 1900 in Connah's Quay in Flintshire, for cargo trading around the Irish Sea.

Kathleen and May schooner.jpg

The Kathleen and May was renamed the Charlotte Rhodes for the BBC Show.

Made of oak and pine, it was found derelict back in 1998 by her owners Steve and Marilyn Clarke, who restored it over a period of two years. It was completed at a cost of £2 million.

From next March, the ship will based at Liverpool's Cannign Dock but will be used for overnight trips along the north Wales coast, as well as making journeys to Cumbria, the Isle of Man and Ireland.

Philip Bond as Albert Frazer and Peter Gilmore as Captain James OnedinPeter Gilmore as Captain James Onedin and Anne Stallybrass as Anne

The Onedin Line was a popular British television series that ran from 1971 through 1980.

Set in the 1860s, the drama followed the fortunes of James Onedin (played by Peter Gilmore), an ambitious, clever and determined shipowner whose private life was as tempestuous than the seas he sailed.

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