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.

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