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Powder Monkey skipper embarks on ambitious project to build smallest 'tall ship'

By WBCraig  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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Wayne Booth with a model of the 500-year-old Carrack

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A NAUTICAL youth leader from Penryn has committed himself to a new maritime quest – to build the world’s smallest ‘tall ship’.

Describing himself as a boat builder, yacht master and adventurer, Wayne Booth is leading a project to transform a 50-year-old vessel into a replica of a 500-year-old sailing ship which will be used by the local community for education and events.

Along with a professional boat builder, Oak Roberts, and nine other volunteers, Mr Booth plans to complete the project in time for the Tall Ships event in Falmouth this August.

“This is a unique opportunity for everyone to be part of real maritime history in the making – a chance to build Cornwall's own community Tall Ship, then get to use her for your own community meetings and events,” said Mr Booth.

For the past seven years, the 58ft TS Silver Quest has been used as a training ship to teach maritime heritage and personal development to young people.

Now Mr Booth plans to invite the volunteers to live on board the ship to turn Silver Quest into a replica of Carrack, which he describes as “the most influential ship design in maritime history.”

He said: “We have already collected most of the historical timber required, but need to feed the volunteer boatbuilders, and any volunteers who wish to help, as well as buy the remainder of timber required for this phase.”

Mr Booth, who used to run the youth project Powder Monkeys in Penryn, needs to raise £5,000 for the first stage of the project.

For more information, or to donate, visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tssilverquest/.

Once complete the boat, which is owned by Mayflower Trust, will be tour the coast offering training and events to promote the county’s maritime history.

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