TRADITION is being kept alive on the world’s only main mast Barquentine Tall Ship from Weymouth after she was given a donation of leather from Pittards in Yeovil.

The class A 45m-long Pelican uses centuries’ old sailing and maintenance methods which have as little impact on the environment as possible.

The ship’s bosun, Yazz Quinton, said: “With a rig as unique as ours, being able to brace our yards almost fore and aft, there are a lot of areas that can rub, so we cover stays, shrouds and rope in leather.

“We use leather rather than a synthetic material because it is easy to mould to the shape required, is hard- wearing and strong, but most of all, it is the most traditional material for our unique vessel Pelican.”

Marketing and fundraising officer, Becky Simmons, from charity Adventure Under Sail that operates Pelican said: “The donation of the leather will make a huge difference to our vessel, and we are very grateful to Pittards for their kindness and generosity.

“Our charity helps to fund people’s personal development from life-changing voyages on our sail training vessel, so any money we can save is clearly very valuable.

“In August, we will be using the leather during our maintenance period in Weymouth, for which we are currently seeking volunteers.

“Tasks include chipping, painting, varnishing and cleaning, and we would welcome anybody who would like to help us. It’s hard work but lots of fun too.”

In October, Pelican sets sail for the Canaries and places are still available for the winter warmer. She will be island hopping and joining in all the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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