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Impressive sailing ship which has appeared in famous films docks in Suffolk town

PUBLISHED: 17:35 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:59 18 July 2018

The Earl Of Pembroke in a dry dock at Lowestoft.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018

The Earl Of Pembroke in a dry dock at Lowestoft. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

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An impressive sailing ship has arrived in Lowestoft a week after docking in Great Yarmouth.

The Earl Of Pembroke in a dry dock at Lowestoft.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Earl Of Pembroke in a dry dock at Lowestoft. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Earl of Pembroke is one of a select few large wooden sailing vessels still in operation and sports three masts to resemble the Endeavour, on which Captain Cook sailed to Australia.

It is currently in a dry dock on Commerical Road, and is also visible from the other side of Lake Lothing.

The ship, originally named Orion, was built in Sweden in 1945 and used to haul timber before being laid up in Denmark in 1974, before being moved to the UK in 1980 with its full restoration starting in 1985.

It has been used as a prop in films as varied as Alice in Wonderland and Cloud Atlas, and has appeared at many maritime festivals and boat shows.

The Earl Of Pembroke in a dry dock at Lowestoft.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Earl Of Pembroke in a dry dock at Lowestoft. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The ship’s website describes the Earl of Pembroke as “a real, working, wooden barque. You will not see super yacht gadgets here, she has the looks and she shows her age the way she should.”

The ship weighs 178 tons, is 44.2m long, and can hold up to 50 passengers for day trips and up to 12 passengers overnight.

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