The History Of The Schooner Trinovante
To some extent every ship begins with a dream or inspiration.
The inspiration for Trinovante came one sparkling September day in Lisbon during 1983.
John Shores, Trinovante’s designer and skipper, was walking down the steep city streets towards the river Tejo. Unexpectedly the Portuguese Schooner Creoula came into view, riding to her moorings only a couple of hundred feet from the riverbank.
It was there and then that John decided he wanted a schooner.
Trinovante was inspired by Creoula that day but is not, in any sense a copy or a miniature version of her. The design brief was simply for a three-masted traditionally rigged schooner of less than 24m long with a maximum draught of 2.2m, and a cargo hold forward. She needed to be robust, seaworthy and easy to handle by a small crew but with the ability to carry lots of sail with a stronger crew. She also had to be economical to build and maintain.
John spent a year working on the design before the keel was laid in Wivenhoe in Essex, a small village on the banks of the River Colne with a long history of shipbuilding, fishing and sailing.
Design-wise Trinovante has exceeded expectations. The only major change since launching has been a conversion of the forward hold into accommodation for the crew.
In 2005 SchoonerSail started offering ‘hands-on’ sailing holidays onboard Trinovante. She has now sailed over 40,000 miles. In the last few years, Trinovante has been sailing ’round Britain Voyages’, exploring the fjords and islands of Norway, competing in the Tall Ships races and visiting countries around the Baltic.
If you are wondering about the name Trinovante, the Trinovantes were the pre-Roman Celtic tribe who lived in Essex where Trinovante was built.
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