Earl of Pembroke (tall ship)

Earl of Pembroke is a wooden, three-masted barque, currently used for maritime festivals, charters, charity fund raising, corporate entertaining and film work.[citation needed]

Earl of Pembroke on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal 08.jpg
Earl of Pembroke in the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal in 2016
Name: Orion
Owner: Rederi AB Tellus (mngr Arthur Wingren) (1945-)
Port of registry: Oskarshamn, Sweden
Builder: Albert Svenson, Pukavik, Sweden
Launched: 1945
Name: Tullan
Owner: N/A
Acquired: 1949
Decommissioned: 1979
Renamed: 1949
United Kingdom
Name: Earl of Pembroke
  • R. Davies (1979-2012)
  • Metaco LLP (2012-2017)
  • Scarlet Sails LTD (2017-present)
General characteristics
Class and type: Barque
Tons burthen: 178 tons GRT; 352t displacement
Length: LOA 44.2m (145 ft)
Beam: 7.3 m (24 ft)
Draught: 3.20 m (10.5 ft)
Propulsion: Engine 6-cylinder, turbo diesel, 405 hp
Sail plan: 885 square m (9500 square ft)
Complement: Crew of 15
Notes: up to 50 pass. for day trips, up to 12 pass. overnight


Early yearsEdit

Earl of Pembroke was built in Pukavik, Sweden as Orion in 1945 and used to haul timber in the Baltic Sea until 1974 when she was laid up in Thisted, Denmark.[1]


She was moved to the UK in 1980 where her full restoration began in 1985.[2][3] As part of the restoration, her rig was changed from the original schooner to barque type (to resemble the famous HMS Endeavour on which Captain Cook discovered Australia) and she was renamed Earl of Pembroke[citation needed] (HMS Endeavour was called Earl of Pembroke when she worked as a coal trader in the West Country).[citation needed]

The restoration was designed with festivals and film work in mind. The three-masted rig and the uninterrupted decks containing no superstructure or wheelhouse create the silhouette of a classic sailing ship so she needs only minimal work to get a period correct aerial or side shot. With some effort she can also be made to look like an old Spanish Galleon or steam-sailing ship from the age of the Arctic expeditions.[citation needed]

Post restoration (festivals and film)Edit

Following restoration Earl of Pembroke was used in the production of films[citation needed] and attended a number of festivals including:[citation needed]

She was used in the following films:[citation needed]

Sail PlanEdit

  1. Mizzen 35.8
  2. Mizzen Staysail 19.9
  3. Mizzen Topmast Staysail 29.8
  4. Maincourse 86.6
  5. Main Topsail 101.3
  6. Main Topgallant 45.6
  7. Main Staysail 40.6
  8. Main Topmast Staysail 46.8
  9. Main Topgallant Staysail 37.7
  10. Forecourse 54.3
  11. Fore Topsail 89.6
  12. Fore Topgallant 44.9
  13. Inner JIB 25.9
  14. Outer JIB 29.0

Total sail area: 689 m2.

Earl of Pembroke sail plan



  1. ^ "Tall Ships - Earl of Pembroke". BBC. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Square Sail Ship Yard Limited". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b "AGV - Earl of Pembroke". Amis des Grand Voiliers, Sail Training Association of France. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  • Nils Nilsson: "Shipyards and Ship-Building at a Wharf in Southern Sweden". In: Ships and Shipyards, Sailors and Fishermen: Introduction to Maritime Ethnology by Olof Hasslöf, Henning Henningsen and Arne Emil Christensen Jr. Copenhagen, 1972.

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