About Tall Ship Zebu CIC

Tall Ship Zebu CIC

is a Community Interest Company set up for two key reasons:

  1. To safeguard ‘Zebu’, an historic sailing vessel based in the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool.
  2. To promote and develop the ship’s historical heritage offering to the general public by encouraging public engagement, active outreach education and sail training opportunities.

Zebu is a nationally registered historic Tall Ship, and is currently undergoing a massive restoration. Built in Sweden in 1938 Zebu originally carried cargo for many years around the Baltic Sea ports.

Between 1984 and 1988, Zebu successfully sailed around the globe as the Operation Raleigh sail training expedition vessel, teaching traditional sailing skills to an internationally diverse group of nearly 500 young people throughout the voyage.

Tall Ship Zebu CIC was formed in April 2017 with the aim of improving Zebu’s situation, and with the goal of making her once again seaworthy and able to positively influence and change young peoples’ lives. Tall Ship Zebu CIC has been able to stabilise Zebu and make her habitable again.

In short, our drive and passion as Tall Ship Zebu CIC is to safeguard, remember and record the rich and fascinating heritage and history of Zebu, and to promote and develop the skills of future generations of young sailors inspired by the historical appreciation of the UK’s maritime past.

 

Tall Ship Zebu CIC is established with the following governance structure:

The company has a board of five people who decide strategic directions and objectives, and scrutinise financial decisions. The board currently consists of Ruston Toms Chairperson, head of the Operation Raleigh Alumni Network and successful business man, Wing Nin-Chan, General Secretary of the China Sail Training Association, Kevin Miller, Parish Councillor, Gilli Higgs, marketing expert and business owner, Allan Glover, Master Mariner and traditional sailing vessel expert.

Our Honorary Patron is Colonel John Blashford-Snell C.B.E.

– founder of Operation Drake and Operation Raleigh – is one of the world’s most renowned and highly respected explorers and we are very proud that JBS is our Honorary Patron for Tall Ship Zebu.  He has mounted numerous expeditions over the past 50 years all over the world, concentrating on scientific research and community aid, and continues to do so with expeditions to Bolivia and Mongolia announced for 2020.

JBS supports and works with numerous charities working with underprivileged youth in the UK, as well as undertaking countless community aid projects in remote parts of the world.

In the 2019 New Year Honours list JBS was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to scientific research abroad and to young people in the UK.

JBS said of Operations Drake and Raleigh at the time “<The expeditions> are the ”ultimate challenge for young people” – especially underprivileged youngsters who might never have the chance otherwise.” The aim of Raleigh, ”is to inspire the young, so that they may develop their leadership, and thus communicate with others – and inspire them with the same pioneer spirit that men like Drake and Raleigh possessed…The most positive result of such an expedition, is that you can get one good leader with the good sense to use his leadership properly to inspire other young people, to communicate with his or her contemporaries after returning home.”

Between 1984 and 1988, Zebu successfully sailed around the globe as the Operation Raleigh sail training expedition vessel, teaching traditional sailing skills to an internationally diverse group of nearly 500 young people throughout the voyage.

https://www.johnblashfordsnell.org.uk/

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