returned to Liverpool on Sunday
Photographs taken by Amy
Panayi and report by Becky Simmons
THE river Mersey's
Langton Docks, in Bootle, on 15 April 2012, were treated to a
magnificent sight on Sunday morning when the Tall Ship Pelican
returned to Liverpool.
Despite the very early start,
a large crowd gathered to welcome the ship, which contained 26
trainee crew members from around Liverpool.
The young people on-board were
from King David’s High, Mossland and Wallesey Schools, as well
as cadets from MAST (the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust,
chaired by Jim Graves). When I asked Amy Panayi, 17, from King
David’s High, about her trip, she jumped at the chance to talk
about the TS Pelican.
Amy told us that:- "I
really didn't want to get off Pelican. I loved it so much; the
whole experience of the sail was just breath-taking. I would
happily clean heads (toilets) 24/7 just to go back on!
Pelican - where can I start? Firstly, she isn't just a ship; she
is an experience that will stay in my heart forever. The
memories on her will last a lifetime. At the start of the voyage
I had the idea it would just be 'a sail in the park' well was I
wrong. It’s not about relaxing up on deck, socialising and
chilling out. It’s more than that, it’s a challenge that you
will never forget. The whole atmosphere on the ship was
unforgettable. From the 4-8 am watches, to cleaning the ship’s
heads; I'd do it all again just to be back on Pelican. The
sights you see on her are just wonderful. No sunrise is better
than those I saw out there, no moon any brighter, no stars any
more fascinating. The people I met, I couldn't wish for
better. I just wish I could have stayed longer, as a week was
not enough for me - I would stay on that ship for a whole year
if they let me. I would advise anybody who is interested at all
to get themselves on The Pelican, you won't regret it. She will
be with you forever and memories on her last a lifetime."
This testimony of her
voyage shows that given the opportunities, kids can be separated
from their Xbox and other mod cons!
If you think a trip on the
Pelican would be something you’d be interested in, or if you
know anyone who might benefit from a voyage with us, please
contact us on:- 01305 839476, or see the
website. We also have some
places left on our day sails in Liverpool on Wednesday, 18 April
and Saturday, 12 May 2012.
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