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Tall ship to be berthed at Liverpool for winter

6th November, 2013

Normally the brig Stavros S Niarchos heads to the sunny Canary Islands each winter offering people the chance to crew a sailing ship. But the recession has badly hit public demand.

Instead the 200ft long Stavros S Niarchos will be berthed at Liverpool Cruise Terminal until Monday when at about 9.30am it moves to a permanent mooring in Canning Dock, at the Albert Dock complex.

The tall ship will open on selected dates and used to host functions, for up to 80 guests.

Judith Feather, Culture Liverpool events manager, said about the visit: "This provides a plethora of opportunities from lighting up the ship for Christmas to corporate hospitality events."

MAST, the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust, plans to use the ship to promote its plan to make Liverpool the northern centre for tall ship sailing trips.

Jim Graves, chair of  MAST, said: "Having a classic-looking vessel like Stavros in a high-profile berth for the winter is a great advert for tall ship adventure holidays."

The tall ship's striking name is in honour of the late Greek shipping tycoon whose foundation provided generous sponsorship.


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