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Monday, 26 November 2012

"Pirate Ship To Be Reunited With It's Crew"

18th Century Privateer is St Helier bound

If you were a fan of ITV's Hornblower series, there will be a familiar sight in Jersey for a few days this week.

The Etoile du Roy is a replica of the privateer 'Grand Turk' which roamed the oceans in 1745 and was seized by the British Navy in the following year.

The replica has featured in many films, including the Hornblower series.

The 47-metre long vessel has three masts, contains 310 barrels and, when armed with its 20 canon, would have needed 240 crew members. It is due on Tuesday evening (27th November) - en route from Roscoff to St Katherine's Docks in London.

During its brief stop-over in Jersey, the tall ship will be moored in St Helier Marina and is open to the public on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday from 11am until 6pm. Visitors will be able to buy some of its cargo of traditional pink French onions.

The vessel is due to set sail from Jersey on Thursday 29th November and will spend a few days in Portsmouth before continuing its journey to London.

The opening days and times may be subject to change depending on weather and tidal conditions.

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