Historic boat owner Mal Nicholson of Burringham near Scunthorpe has doubled the size of his fleet by acquiring a replica of Nelson’s topsail schooner HMS Pickle.
The original incarnation of the vessel carried news of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar, and of the Admiral’s death, back to England after the battle. The replica, above, featured in a TV series called Boats that Built Britain. She is now a ‘sister ship’ to Mal’s Spider T sloop, moored at Keadby, which has featured in numerous historic sailing events.
Pickle is currently moored in Ocean Village in Gibraltar, where she is undergoing repairs. Previous owner Robin James’s family has owned Pickle for the past nine years. He said the decision to sell the ship had been extremely difficult: “I have poured my soul into her over the past nine years, and in return she has carried me and many new friends safely through storms and adventures.
“But after a difficult voyage to Gibraltar, followed by a failure to get the much needed support to make her a success, this is the best decision to secure her future. The decision to sell Pickle has been made far easier by finding Mal, who I trust to continue to care for her and get her sailing again, while continuing to share her with everybody from her past, present and future.”
Mal said that during her time with Robin, Pickle had won many friends and supporters, and achieved amazing things. For information see the Pickle facebook page , where he will post information future plans for the vessel, and will be re-developing the website www.schoonerpickle.com.