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.
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
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
The stem bar in place
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 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
Nearing the end of a very long...
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
The hull after full curing and ready to be fitted out
Installing the bulkheads
The main saloon takes shape
Internal woodwork is in oak to be in sympathy with the
construction of the Main School Building under the Leverhulme
Main saloon looking forward
The galley under construction
The forward cabin ready for trimmimgs
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...
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
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.
Brian Betley,Design and Engineering
Boat Building Shed
William Hare Ltd
Boat's School Coordinator:
Mr Steven Bradley – Head of Outdoor Learning
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Post - Mr Steven Bradley
Millennium Ketch School CoordinatorBolton School Boys' DivisionChorley New RoadBolton, BL1 4PA
Tel - 01204 840201
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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...
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.
By Michael Whitmarsh, ex-Head of Technology at
Bolton School and Director of the Millennium Ketch
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...
A new 28 minute film documentary, produced by Mr Duncan Kyle,
charts how the 60 foot sailing boat, named Tenacity of Bolton, was
built by pupils, staff, parents, helpers and local businesses over
a nine year period (1998-2007).
The film includes extensive interviews with Mr Michael
Whitmarsh, Director of the Millennium Ketch...