Sailing yachts

Tall Ship Phoenix

(REF: 21870)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Hjorne and Jakobsen of Frederikshavn, Denmark
  • Year: 1929
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Length on deck: 78'
  • Beam: 22'7"
  • Draft: 8'6"

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Tall Ship Phoenix For Sale

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The Phoenix is a 111ft square-rigged tall ship built by Hjorne and Jakobsen of Frederikshavn, Denmark, in 1929 as a Baltic Trader.  Instead of working the traditional trading routes, she set off as an evangelical mission schooner which she did for 20 years until she was used for cargo for many years.

Video of The Phoenix Tall Ship under full sail

Tall Ship

She was first converted in 1974 before being bought by Square Sail in 1988.  She had a lot of work done at that time and was converted to her current configuration to be used in film work.  She has appeared in many feature films and television dramas, giving her a fine reputation as an adaptable and effective filming platform.  Filming she has worked on recently includes In the Heart of the Sea, Poldark, Taboo and Frontier.

Because Phoenix has been a commercial boat for many years, she has been subject to regular and well-documented refit work with large amounts of replacement planking, re-fastening and other work as required, all of which have been documented and are available for inspection.

She is licensed under the MCA Category 2 for 60 miles from a safe haven for 12 persons.  The commercial licence was renewed in 2021.

Tall Ship



tall ship phoenix port side

She is an unusual vessel, the likes of which rarely come on the market.  Her rig is not just for show; she is a very capable sea-going sailing boat that does not need a huge crew to handle her and could be sailed anywhere in the world for new owners or for future film work if desired.  Her appearance can be easily altered to adapt to her many different roles, something which has been proven many times before.

Tall Ship details

Length on Deck                 78’ (24m)

Length Overall                   111’ (34m)

Beam                                    22’7” (6.9m)

Draft                                      8’6” (2.6m)

Air Draft                               81’ (24.7m)

Sail Area                               372sqm

Since the lifting of Covid restrictions, the boat has been very active with filming work, moving to various locations around the UK from one job to the next, proving to be an excellent filming platform.  Below are details of her film work to show what Phoenix is capable of.

Film History and current work:

In 1991 The Phoenix was converted into the C15th Caravel Santa Maria for the Ridley Scott film 1492 Conquest of Paradise.  By 1996 she had been converted into a Two Masted C18th Brig, and as this rig, she starred in the following:

Horn Blower series

Captain Sabretooth

Voyage of Discovery

Moll Flanders

Frenchman’s Creek

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader


Since 2017:

In the Heart of the Sea

Poldark – all series



Recent Documentaries include Enslaved 2021, The Boats That Built Britain, available now on youtube, and History Hit 2021

In April 2022, the vessel completed filming on her third series of Outlander in Scotland.  She recently teamed up again with Ridley Scott for his latest film, soon to be released. In March, she also featured in Great Expectations with the BBC on the River Beaulieu.  In this 2022 season, The Phoenix will be appearing at maritime festivals in UK and Ireland and is a favoured vessel for sail training excursions in the UK and Europe. Film projects in the pipeline include The Phoenix featuring as ‘The Beagle’ made famous by Captain Fitzroy and Charles Darwin’s voyage to the southern ocean.


Typical Baltic Trader shape with bluff bows, round bilge and transom stern.  During her conversion a raised poop deck was added aft.

Planked in 3” oak fastened with galvanised boat nails to sawn oak frames in futtocks.  Seams caulked with oakum and payed with pitch. Considerable amount of newer planking replaced at various times in recent years.  Some of the new planking is larch.

Detailed notes of refit work and replacement planking.

Transom hung oak rudder on heavy steel hangings.

Solid straight laid pine deck, caulked and payed with pitch.  Raised aft deck.  Decks re-caulked in 2021.

High bulwarks all round on square oak stanchions mounted through the cover boards in the traditional manner.  C

over boards and majority of stanchions renewed in 2014.

Large oak samson post, new in 2019. Deck hatches and skylights in varnished iroko.


Rigged as a two masted Brig, this was designed as the most versatile and attractive rig to fulfil her new life in film work.

The rig was given a thorough overhaul in 2019, along with a full survey and replacement in 2021.

Solid pine keel stepped masts.  Varnished pine yards, main boom, main gaff and bowsprit.

In 2019 the following spars were replaced using Douglas Fir: Lower main and foremasts, fore top yard, main topgallant yard.

Fighting tops replaced on both masts, with new hounds on main mast.

Galvanised wire standing rigging, parcelled and served with much of this overhauled in 2019.  Dead eyes and lanyards to external galvanised chain plates.  Chain plates extend over channel boards in the traditional manner.

Running rigging of 3 strand traditional type synthetic rope, overhauled in 2019.

Complete sail wardrobe of varying condition.  New spanker and mizzen sails in 2021.


Volvo Penta TMD 102 235hp 6cyl turbo charged diesel.  Major rebuild in 2019.

Hydraulic gearbox, 3.83:1.  Stainless steel shaft to a centreline to a fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  7 knots cruising speed.

Installed Kohler 9kVA diesel generator, new in 2021.  Model 9EFKOZD.

8 x heavy duty batteries fitted new in 2021.

2 separate painted steel fuel tanks with a total capacity of 1818 litres.  Tanks new in 2019.

Bilge pumping system with a manifold allowing pumping from the different bilge sections.  Powered by a high capacity 240v pump.

Engine driven salvage pump. Auto electric bilge pumps.

Twin drum hydraulic anchor windlass.

Domestic hot water system with 2 new hot water tanks.


The interior has been designed with her film work activities in mind, allowing numerous cabins and berths to accommodate the crew during periods of filming.

Companion hatch aft by the helm allowing access to the aft cabin.  Aft double quarter berth each side plus seating areas.  Navigation station in forward port quarter. Starboard side door into the engine room.

Engine room is separated forward and aft by a watertight bulkhead.

Midships companion hatch with steps into the main cabin area.

Aft end against the bulkhead with a heads compartment and separate shower cubicle.  Heads discharges into a large plastic black tank.

4 separate cabins, each with 2 large single berths.

Through the forward watertight bulkhead into the main saloon with a large saloon table to port with bench seating all round.

Starboard side opposite the table are two more twin cabins.

Galley at forward end of the cabin with a large 4 burner gas stove with double oven.  Single stainless sink with hot and cold pressurised water.  Large amounts of storage and shelf space.  New 240 volt fridge and freezer.

Second heads compartment to starboard opposite the galley.

Doorway through the forward watertight bulkhead into the forepeak.  This area has been mainly used as a workshop and store space but does have provision for a couple of crew berths if necessary.

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These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.