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Golden Horizon The Largest Square Rigged Ship…Latest

Golden Horizon The Largest Square Rigged Ship…Latest

 The largest square rigged sailing vessel in the world the Golden Horizon has just headed to the UK.

Arriving at Weymouth in Dorset almost a replica of a famous 1913 sailing ship. This one is capable of carrying around 272  passengers (136 as current Government restrictions stand) and in some luxury.

Having 140 cabins with breath-taking views according to the ship’s website.


Its back to basics in terms of propulsion. Wind powered for around 70% of its time when underway.

Her 8,770 Gross Tonnage and 5 masts makes her the largest sailing ship ever launched.

Golden Horizon off Dorset

Anchored off the Jurassic Coast of Dorset.

She was built in Split in Croatia for Star Clippers Ltd. Disputes between the builder’s and the company meant that in the end she was never delivered to them.

Now Under Tradewinds Voyages

Currently she is being chartered by Tradewind Voyages and was renamed Golden Horizon.

Joining a group of cruise ships already in Weymouth Bay. Many  have been anchoring there during the Coronavirus cruise ship close down.

Other super type yachts have also used the anchoring site too.

Sailing ship Golden Horizon rounding Portland Bill.

Latest News Of  Golden Horizon’s  Programme

Tradewind Voyages who operate Golden Horizon have today just announced her latest movements and charters.

She will remain in the area until her first Dress Rehearsal, a six-night round trip from Portland, with visits to Falmouth, Fowey, Dartmouth and Poole, starting 1 July.

Golden Horizon will spend three days in Portland, before being anchored in Weymouth Bay for three days. She will dock back into Portland on 30 June, ahead of welcoming her first guests for the 1-7 July Dress Rehearsal. A second round-trip Dress Rehearsal will depart Portland 7-13 July, following the same route.

Having been forced to make several changes to the 2021 UK schedule in order to comply with the Government’s latest restrictions, Tradewind Voyages has released full details of the revised program.

5 Voyages On The Largest Tall Ship

The five voyages are as follows and lead-in price is £849:

The official inaugural for Golden Horizon is now taking place 19-24 July and allows guests the chance to experience the ship under sail on two sea days, as well as the stops in Cowes and Plymouth. This voyage will include all drinks and offer the mementos as before to commemorate the sailing.

Easy to spot with her impressive sails. And those who do should post images with the hash tag #SeeGolden with their images.  With the chance to win a £5000 voucher for a Winter 2021 – Summer 2022 voyage.

Golden Horizon Has Sails That Could Cover A Football Pitch

When fully rigged she has 42 sails covering an area of 6,347 square metres.  At 162 metres in length and 18.5 metres in the beam she is a stunning sight under sail.

Golden Horizon with sails set.

Sails can cover a football pitch.

According to the company’s website: Golden Horizon attracts like-minded adventure seekers for a sailing experience which allows guests to connect with the elements of the natural world.

The ambience on board is relaxed, casual, elegant and without unnecessary formality. We have created an environment which will encourage our guests to return to time and time again, and to share their stories and experiences.

Sailing ship Golden Horizon in big company off Dorset.

With grace and beauty, the Golden Horizon is a sailing ship first and foremost, sailing to share adventures with our friends, our guests.

 This sustainable and luxury vessel was designed by Polish naval architect Zygmunt Choreń. Built at the Brodosplit Shipyard on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.

Clipper Design Built For Speed

Clipper designs date back to the mid 19th century and the ships were built for speed. There are numerous types. For instance,  such as schooners, brigantines, barque or also what are called fully rigged ships. Full rigged means it would have three or more masts.

How many sails can you name on a tall ship? (CC image)

Naming and knowing the various sails on any such ship would have taxed many a sailor, I am sure?

History Of Five Masts

Built in 1902, the ‘Preussen’ was the first five-masted tall ship built. A steel-hulled German windjammer built and named after the German state of Prussia. It was the only ship of this class with five masts. Each one could carry six sails.

Golden Horizon under sail.

Sailing ship Golden Horizon under sail.

Tragedy struck and she met an inauspicious end off the Kent coast.  After being rammed by a cross-channel steamer called ‘Brighton’.  Which, then later led to her sinking 8 miles off  Newhaven.

Golden Horizon was based on a five masted square rigged clipper called the France II.  Built on the Garonne river in Bordeax 1911 and launched the following year.

Tall Ships Explained:

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Full-Rigged Ship: This type of vessel has at least three masts which are all square rigged. Full-rigged ships were commonly seen during deep-water cargo carrying trips in the 19th century.

Barque: A vessel that has at least three masts with the fore and main masts being square. Today many “sailing school” ships are barques.

Barquentine: This type vessel has three masts, all are fore-and-aft rigged except for the square mast. Barquentine ships are most frequently seen in the Baltic and North Sea.

Brig: The brig was originally used as a basic cargo ship in the early 19th century and had the reputation of sailing “fast and well”. Used frequently in the 19th century for historical naval battles like the Battle of Lake Erie!

Brigantine: In the 13th century, a brigantine was known as a sail and oar-driven war vessel. Lateen rigged, which means the boat can track against the wind, on two masts and had eight-twelve oars on each side. It was the Mediterranean pirates’ favorite type of ship.  Due to its speed, mobility and being easy to handle.

Schooner: These vessels were first used by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th century. Following on from the develpment of  schooners in North America that were heavily used in New England by the 18th century. Defined as having at least two masts, schooners were most commonly used for tasks that required speed such as blockade running, slaving privateering and offshore fishing.

The Most Masts? Even More Than Golden Horizon !

A seven mast schooner  the ‘Thomas W Lawson’ was built in Boston, Massachusetts in 1901 the only pure sailing vessel of its size. She ended up carrying oil and coal along the east coast of the USA.

Falling foul of steam power she just was not fast enough to compete with mechanical powered freight ships. The sails were just not large enough.  Leaving her slow in the water and unable to carry her full capacity. Financially, her profitability was poor.  Added problems came with some harbours that were just not deep enough to allow her in with a full load too.

The Thomas W Lawson was lost in a storm off the Isles of Scilly (West Coast of UK) in October 1907.  Despite efforts by members of the local lifeboat station only two of the crew survived. Following the storm the crew were buried in the churchyard on St Agnes.





Geoff Moore

Award winning blogger and travel writer/photographer, I have travelled the world in one way or another for 30 years. I am a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers for over 13 years. In the ever-changing world of publishing and online media it now requires that I have media skills across all areas. That now also includes video production. My travel images appear in magazines, newspapers and publications all over the world I am now blogging about all aspects of travel.

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