Since her maiden voyage in 2007, TS Pelican has completed Transatlantic voyages and participated in the International Tall Ships Races where she has a reputation for being very competitive. With her 45m and combined square rig the Pelican of London belongs in the Class A. Her unique rig makes her stand out. The Pelican of London is the only main-mast barquentine (Xebec/Polacre), making her efficient and fast both on and off the wind. Her crew are experienced, fun and lively, having won the Best Crew Parade several years running and also the Torbay Cup in 2010. The Pelican of London participates in The Tall Ships Races each year.


The ship was build by Chantiers et Ateliers AUGUSTIN NORMAND, Le Havre, 1948, as a double beam Arctic Trawler named PELICAN. After 20 years she was sold to Norway, where she worked as a coaster. Her name was changed to Kadett. She was then sold to Dorset, England and transformed into a sail training vessel.

1948 - 1967 Arctic fishing trawler 'PELICAN' Classification BV.
1968 - 1995 Coaster 'KADETT' Classification BV
1995 - 2007 Reconstruction as Sail Training Ship in survey with the MCA/BV


Pelican can accommodate 11 crew and 28 trainees. Voyage crew accommodation consists of seven surprisingly spacious, comfortable and well-proportioned four-berth cabins, most with en suite facilities. In addition there are separate showers and toilets.

Meals are taken in the mess room next to the galley, served by the on-board cook, and a saloon is provided for fun and relaxation.


Shipping type: Main-mast barquentine (Xebec/Polacre)

Homeport: Weymouth, UK

Date built: 1948

Restored: 2007

Capacity: 28

Length: 45 m

Beam: 7m

Draught: 4 m

Sail: 525 m2

Height of mast: 33 m

Engine capacity: 310 PK

Displacement: 355 ton