The Blyth Tall Ship charity expedition comes to an end after an epic 10-week journey around the British Isles. 

The voyage was part of The Williams Expedition, which aims to recreate the discovery of Antarctica made 200 years ago by Captain William Smith, of Seaton Sluice.

The 100-year-old ship set sail from Blyth harbour on 17th March with a crew of volunteers onboard, stopping at ten ports along the way, before returning to Blyth on 1st June.

Official Poster for the event

A welcome home party will take place at the Blyth Port this Saturday (1st June 2019) from 11 am to 2 pm, with the Williams II entering the port with a parade of sail at approximately 1 pm.

Clive Gray, Chief Executive of Blyth Tall Ship, said: “It’s an amazing achievement not only for the project but also for the town of Blyth. Sailing around the UK on a 100-year-old wooden boat with a changing crew of 130 people including many trainees over ten legs.”

Local radio station “Oxygen Radio UK” will also be broadcasting live from the event online to their audience with local online TV station “Cram TV” also attending the event providing updates and video streams throughout the day via Facebook for people to watch.

“The crews will all have incredible memories of the challenges and joys of life aboard the Williams II in company with so many new friends. There are also employees from Port of Blyth and Catapult on board.” 

Clive added: “We are delighted to be part of the Discover our Land campaign and proudly flew the flag for Northumberland throughout our journey.” 

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The Williams II returns home to Blyth after a voyage around the UK