The Tall Ship Phoenix is a two masted Brig, period rig, all wood construction. She is able to sail worldwide to any marine location and, if necessary, can be converted to replicate a vessel from other periods in maritime history.


Current location of Phoenix


Charter Voyages

While Phoenix carries modern navigation and safety equipment, as required by her MCA coding, the crew primarily operate the ship using traditional navigation techniques and actively encourage guests to join in! Get to grips with a sextant, paper chart plotting, correct use of compass bearings and meteorology.

Manoeuvres are performed under sail at every opportunity, and the crew still utilise the bosun’s whistle, a sound rarely heard on deck these days.

With her traditional square sails (which you can get up close and personal with, climbing the mast to help furl and gasket if you want to!), Phoenix is strictly a broad reach / downwind vessel, but on the right points of sail she is quick and strong.

Read about what to expect on board Phoenix, see our cabin accommodation and view an interior plan of the ship, check the kit list for what to pack, meet the crew and view pictures of tall ship Phoenix.


As well as being ideal for charter voyages, Phoenix has been the star of numerous television productions and big screen movies and is the perfect ship to film in harbour or at sea.


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Her History

Built in Frederikshavn, Denmark in 1929, she began her working life as an evangelical Mission Schooner. Twenty years later she retired from missionary work and carried cargo until her engine room was damaged by fire.

Purchased by Square Sail in 1987, a first aid over-haul enabled her to sail back to the UK where she underwent a complete refit.

In 1991 she was converted to the 15th century Caravel 'Santa Maria' for Ridley Scott's film '1492 Conquest of Paradise' and remained under that guise until 1996 when, due to increasing demand for period square-riggers, she was converted into the two-masted 18th Century Brig she is today, and reverted to her original name ‘Phoenix of Dell Quay.