Would-be mariners have a chance to cruise on The Tall Ship Empire Sandy when she arrives for Whitby Harbour Days on Saturday.
According to Wikapedia, the Empire Sandy was built in England in 1943 as a deep sea tugboat for the Royal Navy to salvage merchant ships damaged in the Battle of the Atlantic and other naval engagements during the Second World War. In 1952 she was sold to Great Lakes Paper Company and named Chris M; that began fifteen years towing timber rafts for Lake Superior logging companies.
In the early 1970s the ship was to be sold for scrap, but the steel hull was still in very good condition and she was bought by Nautical Adventures Co. She was completely rebuilt as a three masted schooner in the style of the 1880s and assumed her original name, the Empire Sandy.
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