VIDEO: Unique tall ship sails into Shoreham for repairs

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AN impressive tall ship has been attracting attention since it arrived in Adur Dry Dock.

The Pelican of London is at Shoreham Port for two weeks during routine maintenance and repair work.

The Pelican of London in Adur Dry Dock for routine maintenance and repair work

The Pelican of London in Adur Dry Dock for routine maintenance and repair work

Used mainly as a training vessel, the ship is being prepared by the crew for the annual inspection.

They are also carrying out remedial work, such as taking out the side valves for servicing and re-coating the hull with anti-fouling paint to slow the growth of organisms that can affect performance and durability.

Passers-by have been stopping to take in the details of the ship, which has a rig based on the one used by the Barbary Coast’s Xebec, the most successful pirates in the Mediterranean for 200 years.

Pelican of London started life in Le Havre, France, as a deep water trawler, working in the Arctic for 20 years before being sold to Norway and converted to a coaster in 1968.

Nearly 40 years on, following a complete rebuild in Portland in Dorset, the ship sails as a mainmast barquentine, the only one of its kind in the world.