Tectona, dawn off Bolt Head, a memorable vessel a memorable painting, Tectona was saved from oblivion, restored to her role at Plymouth as a training ship

Tectona, sunrise off Bolt Head,

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Tectona, sunrise off Bolt Head, a detail


Tectona, sunrise off Bolt Head, a detail


Tectona :

has a new future working as a sail training project for people with mental health and drug miss-use problems, all based in Plymouth.

This thanks in part to this painting and web site I was able to bring together people interested in Tectona; result!
See tectona.org.uk

I am delighted to have played a small but significant part in the story of Tectona the ketch.


Lost :

It was believed Tectona was lost, after a long and useful life.

Tectona worked as one of two sail training  vessels serving The Department of Marine Studies, Plymouth Polytechnic (now Plymouth University) giving aspiring professional seamen an intimate taste of life at sea, old style.

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80 tons mostly of teak :

This sturdy 80 ton ketch served as a training vessel with “Moyana” for cadets of the School of Maritime Studies Plymouth Polytechnic (now Plymouth University) between 1964 and 1980.

Built in Calicut India in 1929, to a Colin Archer design the Tectona was found at Port Napoleon in poor condition, overhauled then sailed to Tom’s Yard Polruan Cornwall for a major re fit so saved from obscurity.
Now people are again saying “I saw the beautiful ketch Tectona“…

For more see, Tectona, Further Reading

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