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systems we’ve got here are just like you get on a warship. The warship’s just bigger and more complicated. We have fuel, engine, driveshafts, gas cooking, domestics, hot water, electric. It’s exactly the same, just on a much smaller and simpler scale. “She doesn’t go fast obviously because she’s short and fat. I understand they’ve had up to 12 knots under full sail but we normally plod around at about five or six knots, which is a nice leisurely pace.” Berthed outside the Bristol MShed museum, the vessel is free to look around and available for hire. Packages available include one to two hour fish and chip or cream tea trips for up to 40 people, longer three to four hour Avon Gorge trips and educational tours for school children around the harbour. The Matthew can also be hired for corporate hospitality and team- building events. 1997, making landfall in Bonavista and she has subsequently enjoyed may voyages and appeared in film and television. “We’re licensed for 40 people,” Steve says. “That’s the maximum we The modern Matthew sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in May

can take in the harbour. Then when we go out to sea, we’re licensed for 12.”

Pirtek’s work on The Matthew related to both the annual Maritime and Coastguard Agency certification and longer-term maintenance of the 20-year-old vessel. This long-term service of the entire vessel and all its systems and structures has been expensive at £25-£30,000 but is absolutely necessary. Skipper Rick Wakeham says, “We’ve done some rigging, we’ve done some planks, some electrical work, all the systems on the ship, we have to go over it, make sure all this life saving equipment is in date. Our maintenance period started on the first of December and it will finish in the second week of March.”

Steve says, “As with anything wooden it requires constant maintenance and one

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