Tall ship starts her final voyage from West harbour
A tall ship has sailed from her historic Westcountry harbour for the last time.
Despite previously declaring it would be a "tragedy" for the tall ships to leave Charlestown, near St Austell, Square Sail Shipyard managing director Robin Davies said Kaskelot will not return.
She set sail on March 13, after a contract was signed for a two-and-a-half-year charter of the boat, which Mr Davies said he hoped would lead to a sale.
The remaining two ships – Earl of Pembroke and Phoenix – remain in the harbour for the time being and Mr Davies said the sale of the harbour itself has not progressed.
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In July 2012 Square Sail put the harbour, its assets, and about two acres of development land, subject to planning permission, up for sale for a total of £4.4 million.
The port's freehold was available for offers in the region of £1.5 million, including beaches and potential for a marina, subject to planning permission, as well as income from moorings, parking, property rents and filming.
Square Sail's assets, including the tall ships, were for sale at £1.4 million and land suitable for commercial or residential development was on the market for £1.5 million.
"It would be a tragedy to break it up," Mr Davies, who has been running the company for 45 years, had said at the time.
"I have a responsibility to ensure it goes into the right hands. I want them to carry on the work I've done and maintain the ships working here."
But speaking this week about the departure of Kaskelot, he said: "The vessel will not be coming back to Charlestown. It's under contract and there's a strong possibility it will end up as a sale."