News items from Square Sail Ventures




We had an wonderful two days at the Location Guide's Focus event - great networking opportunities and good to also reconnect with companies we have worked with in the past.  Thank you to all those who took the time to talk with us and visit our stand - please get in touch if you need any further information or have any projects/ideas you wish to discuss.



Location Guide Focus Event London

Please come and see us on Stand L28 at this brilliant event!!!

6/7 Dec | Business Design Centre London

Three weeks to go until  FOCUS 2016, where you can meet with over 150 film commissions, location providers and service companies from 55 countries. Get up to speed on the latest global filming incentives and production support. In our UK Village, you'll find Creative England, Creative Scotland, Northern Ireland Screen and many film offices and location providers from around the UK.

REGISTER NOW for your FREE delegate badge.



The Location Guide Focus Event in London

We are extremely pleased to announce that Square Sail will be exhibiting at this year's Location Guide Focus Event in London on 6th and 7th December.  The two day event showcases filming locations from all over the world, with UK and international exhibitors.  The event will be held at the Business Design Centre, London N1 0QH.

It is exciting to be promoting at this event, with our wonderful period harbour and tall ship, our experience, expertise, services and facilities, we are able to offer a complete package to production companies. 

If you live in the London area, please come along and visit us at Stand L28 in the ‘UK Village’ portion of the venue. For more information on the event, visit:



The Launch of The Poppy Appeal for Cornwall 2016

The Poppy Appeal in Cornwall will this year be launched from the Phoenix at Charlestown Harbour on 27th October. We are honoured to be able to provide our ship as a venue for this incredibly important British Legion Charity and to promote the Cornwall 2016 launch.


New website

Square Sail Ventures Limited is proud to present our new look, refreshed website.  With the Company having been under new ownership since 2015, we felt the time was right to bring our website up to date.  Our aim is to not only showcase our existing skills, expertise, services and facilities, which have made Square Sail a leading marine provider in the film and television industry, but also to raise awareness of the exciting innovations taking place within our Company.

We now provide an extensive green screen service at our harbour and are expanding the uses and range of our marine film tank facility at Charlestown.  The beautiful tall ship Phoenix remains our 'jewel in the crown' and our future plans see her becoming busier than ever.

In addition to everything we at Square Sail can provide, the affiliation we now enjoy with our new owner Shane McCarthy's other company, Atlantic Production Limited, means that we can provide staging and sets for events throughout the world.  

The future is looking very bright for Square Sail!





Feature in Cornwall living

 We are really proud to have Shane feature in a recent article in Cornwall Living on what the area has to offer as filming locations. Shane was interviewed by the magazine on Square Sail's involvement in the filming of Poldark and what Charlestown can provide production companies looking for marine film services and chroma key facilities.

cornwall living/caught on camera

Read the entire article here 'Caught on Camera', Cornwall Living.






Sailing through Tower Bridge

film launch on ThamesAs part of the London launch of Warner's 'In the Heart of the Sea' ThePhoenix and crew took a special trip down the Thames and through Tower Bridge. We welcomed on board actor Chris Hemsworth and director Ron Howard for the journey. It was a pleasure to have them back on board for the first time since the filming in the Canary Islands.

As part of the film launch, The Phoenix proudly displayed footage from the film on her square sails. Our event crew rigged the two 70kg projectors on the bow of the ship with spectacular results for all to see.



New ownership

Square Sail is now under the ownership of Square Sail Ventures Ltd.  The change of ownership will not affect any of the services and facilities Square Sail has always offered and all the present staff, skilled shipwrights and ship’s crew will remain with the Company.  However, in addition to the wonderful harbour at Charlestown, the beautiful tall ship ‘Phoenix’ and our existing skills and expertise we will now be able to offer film and television productions additional, expanded services including staging; a comprehensive selection of props and (as part of our set construction department) set design and scenic painting. 

 st. austell voice/oct 2015

Head of Square Sail Ventures is Shane McCarthy who also owns Atlantic Production Ltd which has been operating for over 20 years and offers a wide range of services from set design and staging to innovative large scale temporary structures.  Atlantic Production Ltd has become a market leader in the production of live events and temporary venues.


Shane said: “I am absolutely delighted to be the new owner of Square Sail which is an iconic and world-renowned business.  The filming and production aspects of Square Sail represent a great fit with Atlantic Production - I am excited to be taking the business forward.”

 new ownership of Charlestown Harbour