STV Morning Star of Revelation is a 19m class B gaff ketch launched in 1978. She's the UK's only ferro-cement sail training vessel inspiring young people to live life to the full through amazing sailing adventures.
Morning Star of Revelation was built by Tim Millward, the founder of the Morning Star Trust. Tim had a passion for sailing and the personal development of young people. It was this passion that led him to embark on a project to build a sail training vessel in his spare time that was to take him 9 years to complete.
Work began in the winter of 1972 involving "lofting the lines", a process of drawing out and making full size plywood templates from which the hull's steel frames could be shaped. As the hull skin was to be made of ferro-cement a complex frame of tubing, reinforced steel and wire mesh had to be constructed before the cement could be applied. This work was undertaken in an old warehouse by Beckton gasworks on the Thames in London and took 3 years to complete. Plastering of the hull finally started on 4th October 1975 and involved 80 volunteers as well as 12 professional plasterers and two mixer drivers. A further 3 years passed when the bulkheads, deck, cockpit and engine were installed before the hull was finally moved from the warehouse and launched in September 1978. Morning Star's wooden masts were fashioned on the Isle of Wight, resulting in the hull having to be motored around to Cowes where the masts and rigging were finally fitted.
Over the past 40 years Morning Star has been delivering quality sail training for young people and the occasional voyage for adult groups. She has participated in almost every Tall Ship's Race since she was launched and we are extremely proud of her as our Flagship!
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