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Provident Vessel History - 1924 Original Brixham Trawler

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Provident  - Orginial Brixham Trawler

Provident is an original  Brixham Trawler built in Devon in 1924 and was one of the last sailing trawlers to be commissioned. She is one of the medium-sized 'Mule' class trawlers, with sleek lines compared to her bigger sister ship Leader. Provident is 70' long on deck, and 95' overall. She displaces about 85 tonnes in sailing trim. She has a beam of 18' and a draft of 8'6", which gives her a fantastic size interior for charter. Provident would have needed a lot of sail power to haul a deep sea trawl and she still carries an impressive 2750 square feet of sail in a glorious tan colour with a gaff ketch sail plan.  Provident was built on the River Dart at Sanders Yard in Galmpton as a replacement for an earlier Brixham Trawler with the same name that had been sunk by a German U Boat in the First World War. She fished out of Brixham for 10 years before being sold to a wealthy American and converted into a private yacht.

60 Years as a Charter Vessel

After being laid up in Cornwall during the Second World War, which kept her safe for future generations, Provident was used as a yacht until 1951 She was then acquired by the Island Cruising Club, based in Salcombe. In the late 1980's Provident underwent a major refit and was re launched in 1991.  She continued to sail with the Club until 1999, when she started working from Brixham. She now has over half a century in use as a charter and sail training vessel in South Devon, and we would not even like to guess how many adults and young people have sailed on her over the years. 

Sail on Provident this Century

Provident is owned by a sail training charity and she divides her time between adventure charter for adults and personal development and sail training for young people.  She is based in Brixham and Devon, West Country, Channel Isles and France are her main sailing ground but her programme varies each year so it could equally be the Solent, Scotland, London, Norway or Spain.

UK Historic Ships Core Collection

Part of the core collection on the UK Historic Ships Register Provident  represents an important part of Britain's maritime history. Apart from her Brixham trawling heritage she has made a name for herself as a popular charter vessel - introducing guest crew to traditional sailing for over 60 years. 

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