Sir Winston Churchill (schooner)

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Name: Sir Winston Churchill
Namesake: Winston Churchill
Owner: 1966–2000: Tall Ships Youth Trust
from 2000: privately owned
Port of registry:  UK
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Builder: Richard Dunston Ltd, Hessle
Laid down: 24 November 1964
Launched: 5 February 1966
In service: 3 March 1966
Identification: Official Number 308356
Callsign GRZZ
Status: private yacht
General characteristics
Class and type: Private yacht
Tonnage: 218 GRT
Displacement: 333 tonnes (328 long tons)
Length: 134 ft 9 in (41.07 m) overall
Beam: 24 ft 9 in (7.54 m)
Draught: 16 ft 1 in (4.90 m)
Propulsion: 8,738 square feet (811.8 m2) sail, 2 × Iveco 360 horsepower (270 kW) diesel engines
Sail plan: Schooner
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)
Crew: 9 crew, 13 passengers

Sir Winston Churchill was a sail training ship which was built in Hessle, Yorkshire by Richard Dunston Ltd. She was sold out of service in 2000 and currently serves as a private yacht.


Sir Winston Churchill was designed by Camper & Nicholson and built in 1966 to compete in the Tall Ships Race. The patron of the project was Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Public donations partly funded construction of the ship,[1] and the Sail Training Association raised about half the needed money.[2] The vessel was named for Winston Churchill, wartime leader and twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Churchill had died the year before his namesake's construction.[1] Her rig was deliberately designed to incorporate all the main types of sail.[2] In 1968 a sister ship, Malcolm Miller was launched. Sir Winston Churchill differed from Malcolm Miller in having round topped cabin doors as opposed to square topped doors.[3]

Sir Winston Churchill entered the 1972 Tall Ships Race with an all-female crew. In 1976, the vessel took part in a transatlantic race to celebrate the Bicentenary of the United States Declaration of Independence.[2] In 2000, Sir Winston Churchill was replaced in service by Prince William and sold by her owners, the Tall Ships Youth Trust.[4] Her last voyage for the Tall Ships Youth Trust ended on 2 December 2000 at Portsmouth.[5]

Sir Winston Churchill was sold to a company based in the Isle of Man. Initially she was used as a sail training ship, with a reduced capacity of 20 trainees instead of the 38 that the Tall Ships Youth Trust carried.[3] She was totally refitted[6] and re-engined in 2002 with twin Iveco diesel engines[1] replacing her 270 horsepower (200 kW) Ford Mermaid engines.[3]

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