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Classic Ships for Overhaul

Interesting vessels come to Gloucester for repair and maintenance work by T. Nielsen & Co who lease the two dry docks and adjoining workshops. The company, managed by Tommi Nielsen, specialises in the restoration and repair of wooden sailing ships, employing craftsmen who combine the best of modern technology with traditional shipbuilding techniques. The dry docks are also used for inspection and repair of modern steel vessels. Interesting vessels noted in July 2018 include Thames Barge Gladys, Bristol Channel pilot cutters Olga and Dolphin, ex Shetland ferry Grima and yacht Charmian.

See also Four Tall Ships 2009  Kaskelot 2017

Gladys of Harwich

This Thames Barge was built at Harwich in 1901 and is owned by Allied Mills. She came to Gloucester in May 2018 for a major rebuild.


This Bristol Channel pilot cutter, built in 1909, is now owned by the Swansea Maritime Museum.




This small Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter was built in 1909 at Porthleven, Cornwall.



This former ferry was built in 1974 and carried up to ten cars between mainland Shetland and one of the outlying islands.


June 2018


This yacht was built in Brixham by J W & A Upham in 1933 on the lines of a Brixham sailing trawler. A major restoration was started by Butler & Co of Dartmouth and is to be completed at Gloucester.


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