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Earl of Pembroke in the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal in 2016
OwnerRederi AB Tellus (mngr Arthur Wingren) (1945-)
Port of registryOskarshamn, Sweden
BuilderAlbert Svenson, Pukavik, Sweden
United Kingdom
NameEarl of Pembroke
  • R. Davies (1979-2012)
  • Metaco LLP (2012-2017)
  • Scarlet Sails LTD (2017-present)
FateScrapped 2022
General characteristics
Class and typeBarque
Tonnage178 tons GRT; 352t displacement
LengthLOA 44.2m (145 ft)
Beam7.3 m (24 ft)
Draught3.20 m (10.5 ft)
PropulsionEngine 6-cylinder, turbo diesel, 405 hp
Sail plan885 square m (9500 square ft)
ComplementCrew of 15
Notesup to 50 pass. for day trips, up to 12 pass. overnight

Earl of Pembroke was a wooden, three-masted barque, which was frequently used for maritime festivals, charters, charity fund raising, corporate entertaining and film work.[citation needed]


Early years

Earl of Pembroke was built in Pukavik, Sweden as Orion in 1945 and used to haul timber in the Baltic Sea until 1974 when she was laid up in Thisted, Denmark.[1]


She was moved to the UK in 1980 where her full restoration began in 1985.[2][3] As part of the restoration, her rig was changed from the original schooner to barque type (to resemble the famous HMS Endeavour on which Captain Cook discovered Australia) and she was renamed Earl of Pembroke[citation needed] (HMS Endeavour was called Earl of Pembroke when she worked as a coal trader in the West Country).[citation needed]

The restoration was designed with festivals and film work in mind. The three-masted rig and the uninterrupted decks containing no superstructure or wheelhouse create the silhouette of a classic sailing ship so she needs only minimal work to get a period correct aerial or side shot. With some effort she can also be made to look like an old Spanish Galleon or steam-sailing ship from the age of the Arctic expeditions.[citation needed]

Post restoration (festivals and film)

Following restoration Earl of Pembroke was used in the production of films[citation needed] and attended a number of festivals including:[citation needed]

She was used in the following films:[citation needed]

Final destination

Scrapped at Hoeben RDM Schepen in Kampen, on 2 December 2022[4][5][6]

Sail Plan

  1. Mizzen 35.8
  2. Mizzen Staysail 19.9
  3. Mizzen Topmast Staysail 29.8
  4. Maincourse 86.6
  5. Main Topsail 101.3
  6. Main Topgallant 45.6
  7. Main Staysail 40.6
  8. Main Topmast Staysail 46.8
  9. Main Topgallant Staysail 37.7
  10. Forecourse 54.3
  11. Fore Topsail 89.6
  12. Fore Topgallant 44.9
  13. Inner JIB 25.9
  14. Outer JIB 29.0

Total sail area: 689 m2.

Earl of Pembroke sail plan



  1. ^ "Tall Ships - Earl of Pembroke". BBC. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Square Sail Ship Yard Limited". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b "AGV - Earl of Pembroke". Amis des Grand Voiliers, Sail Training Association of France. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Facebook". Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Facebook". Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  6. ^ "Ship EARL OF PEMBROKE (Sailing Vessel) Registered in United Kingdom - Vessel details, Current position and Voyage information - IMO 0, MMSI 234999080, Call Sign MSTY8". Retrieved 6 December 2022.