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Millennium Ketch


Independent schools have always pioneered the development of the individual and, by their nature, strive to seek independent ways to carry out this aim. In 1998 Bolton School's Technology Department decided to celebrate the Millennium by building a 48 foot offshore sailing ketch as part of the curriculum of the department. The...


Some of the lines drawings and plans used by the pupils in constructing the 3rd Millennium Ketch Project. Yacht Design by:- Brian Betley Design and Engineering. The Lines Drawing The Deck Layout Accommodation Frame Sections

Initial Construction

This shows the lofting of the frames and the early construction of the Armature. The lofting board with a main frame set out The frames hung on the central girder and set with a laser line The stem bar in place

The Armature

These pictures show the Armature ready for plastering. The plastering process has to be completed in one session and the hull wet cured for 28 days to reach full strength. A view of the inbuilt water tank Ribs supporting the area of deck around the main mast The bow showing the well deck and beak for the bowsprit The...

Plastering Day

The plastering was started at 7-00am and a team of eight plasterers worked continuously until 5-00pm to complete the hull. Wet curing was set up overnight and run for the following 28 days to ensure a complete cure. The hull is plastered from one side to avoid voids in the ferro-cement composite Nearing the end of a very long...

Fitting Out Begins

The Carlin is bonded with epoxy and bolted through the deck to form the foundation of the coachroof. The oak framework and marine ply/epoxy composite superstructure form the cockpit and main saloon coachroof. The hull after full curing and ready to be fitted out Installing the bulkheads The main saloon takes shape The...

Internal Construction

Internal woodwork is in oak to be in sympathy with the construction of the Main School Building under the Leverhulme Trust. Main saloon looking forward The galley under construction The forward cabin ready for trimmimgs

Pictures Winter 2006

Work is nearing completion on the exterior of the hull and the winter will be spent completing the fitting out inside. All systems are installed but there is still much to do to meet the launch date in early spring. Ocean explorer and old boy, Eric Forsyth, visits the project before his next voyage to Antarctica, his website can be...

Surface Finishing

The external finish of the hull is with epoxy paint and filling systems. Many hours of preparation were necessary and willing volunteers never in short supply. Luchtime Boat Building Club member at work Pupils working on the coachroof The coachroof ready for epoxy coating

The Journey To Glasson Dock

On Monday 14 May 2007, after 9 years of hard work by over 1,000 pupils, "Tenacity of Bolton", the boat built by boys, made its maiden voyage to Glasson Dock near Lancaster. View the BBC News' coverage of the story. The below footage lasts for 14 minutes and shows the hoisting of the boat onto a low-loading lorry. The pictures below...


This project would not have been possible without the support we have had from local industry. We are indebted to each and every one of the following people and companies. Yacht Design Brian Betley,Design and Engineering Boat Building Shed William Hare Ltd Engine Perkins Sabre Ltd Propshaft Assembley AFS Rotel, Mr J...

Contact Information

Boat's School Coordinator: Mr Steven Bradley – Head of Outdoor Learning E-mail - bdreception@boltonschool.org.uk Post - Mr Steven Bradley Millennium Ketch School CoordinatorBolton School Boys' DivisionChorley New RoadBolton, BL1 4PA Tel - 01204 840201   Operational Management Colin Wright E-mail - cwright@patterdalehall.org.uk Post -...

Boat Becomes Part of the Curriculum

As of 4 May 2009, Tenacity of Bolton, the boat built by boys, became part of the curriculum at Bolton School. Nine lucky Year 8 boys and a crew of three braced themselves to face the Irish Sea as they prepared to learn sailing, team working and leadership skills. Tides dictated that the boys set sail at 7.00am on 5 May in quite choppy seas.  The...

Boat Locks Out

On Tuesday 5 May 2009, in choppy waters, Tenacity of Bolton "locked out" of Glasson Basin Marina at 7.40am and set sail on her maiden curriculum voyage. Aboard were nine Year 8 boys and three crew members. The photos below chart her progress through the locks and out to sea.

Review of the Project as Boat Ends First Season at Sea

By Michael Whitmarsh, ex-Head of Technology at Bolton School and Director of the Millennium Ketch project.   The philosophy and funding of a large scale project may well start with a single idea in the head of a member of staff, but it has to involve a large number of people for it to culminate in a successful outcome. Firstly...