The Port of Blyth sponsored Blyth Tall Ship charity are now recruiting for crew ahead of the first phase of the Williams Expedition, a recreation of the trip made by a Blyth merchant seaman who discovered Antarctica nearly 200 years ago.
The charity will shortly be appointing crew for a preparation journey around the UK and would welcome applications from potential senior crew members at this time.
Antarctica was discovered by Captain William Smith, aboard his Blyth-built ship the Williams. On the anniversary of this achievement in 2020, The Williams Expedition will recreate the original expedition with a local crew sailing her south to Cape Horn and Antarctica 200 years after the original discovery.
Over a number of years the charity has been busy working with trainees, who have often gone on to gain jobs within industry as a result of the skills and qualifications they gain with the charity, to restore a working tall ship as the Williams II. Their work has taken place in Blyth at almost the same location the original ship was built.
The expedition aims to showcase the North East’s talent, engineering and technology on a world stage and in conjunction with Newcastle University undertake meaningful marine science. A trip of a lifetime, the expedition will form an integral part of the 200th anniversary of the voyage of the discovery of Antarctica.
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