Out in the passage of Tiree she looked impressive with her sails unfurled. A glance at ‘Marine Traffic’ revealed her to be “Leader’. In a former life she was one of the largest of the Brixham sailing trawlers, known, despite their Ketch rig, as the ‘Big Sloops’. By the time she entered the waters of Gott Bay and was in range of the camera her main sails were furled. She was built at W.A. Gibbs yard at at Galmpton on the River Dart in Devon in 1892 and fished in UK waters until 1907 when she was sold to Swedish owners. She is now part of the fleet owned by the Trinity Foundation.
The Trinity Sailing Foundation is a registered charity operating a small fleet of historically important sailing vessels. At 105 feet in length overall (LOA) including bowsprit, and displacing 110 tonnes, Leader is the largest and oldest of the three Trinity boats. She carries 3,150 sq ft of sail on a gaff ketch rig, measures 80 ft on deck, has a beam of 19 ft and a draught of 10 ft.
Sailing in the waters of the Inner Hebrides, she will make her way from Oban to Belfast to join the Tall Ships race. Further details can be found at the Trinity Foundation Website.