A STAR of Hollywood films has created quite a stir with the residents of Yarmouth and beyond — but it is a magnificent ship, rather than an actor.

The Phoenix of Dell Quay, a 112ft brig, squared rigged vessel, has been moored in Yarmouth Harbour since Thursday, following a short hop from Poole.


The impressive ship, built by Hjorne and Jakobsen at Frederikshavn, Denmark, in 1929, was originally used as an Evangelical Mission schooner, before it was used for hauling cargo and later, a star on the world stage.

After Square Sail bought Phoenix in 1987, she was brought to the UK and underwent a complete refit.

Phoenix first came to the attention of millions in 1991 when she was converted to the 15th century Caravel, Santa Maria, for Ridley Scott's film 1492: Conquest of Paradise.

Five years later, she was converted into the magnificent two-masted 18th century brig she is today — reverting to her original name, Phoenix of Dell Quay.

The impressive vessel also appeared in the third series of the popular ITV drama, Hornblower.

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Then in 2015, Phoenix retained its Hollywood star status when it was used in the blockbuster, In the Heart of the Sea, which starred Chris Hemsworth (of Thor fame), Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Tom Holland (Spiderman) and Brendan Gleeson (Calvary, In Bruges).

The vessel will continue its journey onwards to Southampton in the coming days, where it will be disassembled and placed on a larger courier ship and be transported to the Mediterranean for filming in Malta.