Formed in 2008, Adventure under Sail is a charity supporting the development of young people through sail training.  In 2011 the charity became owners and operators of Tall Ship Pelican to further its aims.  Since then we have worked with many hundreds of young people between the ages of 15 and 30, all of whom have grown as individuals and many have gone into further education or a work placement, and are putting their newly acquired skills into practice.



Originally named 'le Pelican' the ship was built in France in 1948 to work as a fishing trawler in the Artic for 20 years, before being sold to Norway and converted to a coaster and renamed Kadett.

Arrested for trafficking a whole cargo of Vodka from Finland in 1993, Kadett became an Excise sale, and her owner went to prison.

The ship remained in Norway until 1995, when she was purchased by Retired Commander Graham Neilson for restoration.

The ship was motored to Portland in Dorset where a complete restoration and reconstruction would take place over almost 12 years.

All shiny and new, Pelican of London commenced her maiden voyage in September of 2007 with a full complement of trainee crew bound for the West Indies.


She was to spend the winter months there, under charter to various groups and colleges, sailing between the islands of the West Indies from Grenada to Antigua before a return crossing with a new group of trainees, arriving back in UK in June of 2008.

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