Our Ship

History

 

Was :  She was originally a traditional Baltic Trader built in 1948 by J. Ring-Andersen, for the Royal Greenland Trading Company at the Svendborg shipyard in Denmark.
IN 1981 was converted to replicate a traditional three masted double topsail barque, going on to feature in many TV and film productions,  such as “Return to Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, David Copperfield and Shackleton”.
RECENTLY has recently undergone an additional major restoration to the highest standards in preparation for new global voyages. Many original features have been retained along with the installation of extra state-of-the-art technology, equipment and machinery.

Beagle Three of Bristol

 

The adventure of Beagle3 is centred on the magnificent tall ship, which is a high profile, visible, tangible focus for the project, raising its profile wherever she makes landfall.

Much of her voyage will be under sail using traditional techniques and skills, and the ship will be bristling with communications and camera technology allowing real time interaction between the ship and pupils or public on land.

It must be emphasised that, although the Beagle3 project is initially identified with the first two-year global voyage, it is a long term initiative for which the initial voyage will raise awareness.

Ship Checklist

 

  • Authentic traditional tall ship
  • Optimum condition for ocean voyages
  • Highly experienced and qualified crew
  • Large hold space for on-board outreach activities
  • Bristling with state-of-the-art technologies
  • International Load Line: approved by Bureau Veritas
  • Hull and Machinery: approved by Bureau Veritas

1831 ~ Charles Darwin joins the HMS Beagle, commanded by Captain Robert Fitzroy. Darwin is 22 years old.

BEAGLE THREE of BRISTOL

It's time for a new voyage of the Beagle...

OBJECTIVE: To take a traditional tall ship round the world to promote science as exciting, on-going, modern, and important to young people via active participation of voyages and expeditions.

Live and ongoing interaction between ship and classrooms via satellite links will allow pupils to monitor the ship and interact with crew. as well as opportunities for pupils to meet the ship at locations en route.

Satellite links allow pupils to monitor the ship and interact with the crew

  • Opportunities for pupils to meet the ship at locations en route
  • Outreach activity events aboard ship whilst in port
  • Revisit historic HMS Beagle locations for science appraisal updates and media filming
  • PR Events with local media, public, schools and NGO organisations
  • Lectures by visiting scientists and media personalities
  • To create an ongoing legacy for the City of Bristol to the world of science and natural history media, communications and technology innovation, engineering and commercial marine heritage.

Technical Specifications

MCA flag state: (Class VI or Class XI)

International Load Line: approved by Bureau Veritas

Hull and Machinery: approved by Bureau Veritas
Rig: 3 masted barque double topsail
LOA: 153ft (46.6m)
Beam: 28ft (8.5m)
Draught: 12ft (3.6m)
Engine: Mitsubishi S6A3 T2 500h.p. diesel (new)
Main deck: 79 x 25ft (24.1 x 7.6m)
Quarter deck: 34.4 x 22.6ft (10.5 x 6.9m)
Main hold area: 200m3
Air Draught: 105ft (32m)
GRT: 226 tons
Area of Sail: 9,500 sq. ft (2,895.6 sq.m)
No. of Sails: 17