RNLI crew boards Tall Ships at Llandudno
For the first time in many years, Llandudno Bay was today (Thursday 22 June) graced by two visiting 'Tall Ships' - the brigantine 'Phoenix' and topsail schooner 'Johanna Lucretia'.
The ships had arrived the previous evening from Caernarfon Bay and anchored for the night and this morning off Llandudno.
The veteran Phoenix was built at Frederikshavn, Denmark, in 1929, and is now operated by a Cornwall-based charter company. She has appeared in many films and television programmes.
The oak-built Johanna Lucretia was built at Ghent, Belgium, in 1945 as a fishing boat and was later converted for her present use as a 16-berth sail training vessel.
Fortuitously, Llandudno RNLI inshore lifeboat was at sea on exercise during the ships' visit and her crew was able to go alongside and board one of the vessels, just before both ships left for Liverpool and this weekend's Mersey River Festival.
Notes to editors:
PICTURES ATTACHED - The lifeboat crew approaches the 1929-built Phoenix. PLEASE CREDIT PICS TO RNLI.
For further information please call Alan Sharp, RNLI Llandudno LIfeboat Press Officer, on 01492 543315.
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