THV Patricia UK voyages - a unique experience!
The voyages are available in durations of one or two weeks, normally commencing on a Wednesday. The ‘draft itinerary’ indicates the anticipated sailing dates and area of operation of Patricia, but it must be stressed that the ship’s work schedule is subject to alteration at very short notice.
Depending upon the positioning of the vessel, embarkation and disembarkation will take place at various ports around the coast of England and Wales, including Harwich, Southampton and Swansea.
Prices (for 7 night voyages) start from £1600 per person for a double share, and from £2100 per person for single occupancy, and a maximum of just twelve passengers are carried per voyage.
WildWings (incorporating Strand Voyages) are delighted to have been appointed by Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales and the Channel Islands, as agents for their UK coastal passenger voyages, aboard their flagship vessel, THV Patricia, from April to October annually.
The Patricia is a purpose built multi-function tender of 2,500 tons, with a work schedule which requires her to cover the English and Welsh coasts, maintaining buoys, servicing light-vessels and lighthouses and, on occasion dealing with shipwrecks that are a danger to navigation and even maritime emergencies. Every voyage is an adventure.
Passengers are invited to join the vessel while she carries out her essential work. They are accommodated in extremely comfortable air-conditioned, en-suite double-bedded cabins (also available for single use), and will have exclusive use of the passenger dining and sitting rooms, which are both towards the stern of the vessel. The vessel has an open bridge policy at most times, and the officers and crew will be more than happy to answer any questions and queries, as this unique vessel carries out her duties. Voyages on Patricia also offer a different perspective of our coastline, with the added bonus of seeing seabirds and other marine wildlife on occasion.
The accommodation is of a very high standard and has been used in the past by Trinity House Board members and even by members of the British Royal Family. In 2011 HRH The Princess Royal succeeded her father, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, as Master of the Corporation of Trinity House. In 2014 the Corporation celebrated its first 500 years of service to mariners.
This is an ideal chance to relax and a real opportunity to get away from it all, to watch the ship at work, servicing navigation buoys, and occasionally to visit offshore lightships and lighthouses, which are often just a dot on the horizon from the mainland. The vessel is also sometimes involved in marine rescues and all potential passengers must understand that the actual itinerary is always flexible.
A dedicated Passenger Chef provides a cooked or continental breakfast, a buffet lunch and a set three course menu for dinner (vegetarian options are offered). A selection of quality wines is available to complement the high standard of cuisine.
The voyages are available in durations of one or two weeks, normally commencing on a Wednesday. The ‘Draft Itinerary 2018’ indicates the anticipated sailing dates and area of operation of Patricia, but it must be stressed that the ship’s work schedule is subject to alteration at very short notice. Depending upon the positioning of the vessel, embarkation and disembarkation will take place at various ports around the coast of England and Wales, including Harwich, Southampton and Swansea. Prices (for 7 night voyages) start from £1600 per person for a double share, and from £2100 per person for single occupancy, and a maximum of just twelve passengers are carried per voyage.
Whilst every effort will be made to keep to the published dates and embarkation/ disembarkation ports, we must emphasise this may not always be possible; diversions to different parts of the coast may and do occur. It is possible that you could have less than a week’s notice of the actual port of embarkation. It should also be noted that on many voyages embarkation and disembarkation may not take place at the same port.
Cabins are limited, and demand is high; many passengers are ‘repeaters’, therefore early booking is strongly advised.
or telephone 0117 965 8333.
2019 Sailings will be from 17th April to 9th October. Full details will be here in December 2018.
The vessel has in effect, two complete sets of officers and crew, one called Port and the other team are Starboard, each work 3 weeks on and 3 weeks off.
Your voyage could start and end from any English and/or Welsh port. Your embarkation and dis-embarkation points will be confirmed with your final travel instructions (sent approx.10 days prior to sailing). Examples include East Coast: Harwich or Blyth (Northumberland), South Coast; Southampton or St Peter Port (Guernsey, CI), South West Coast; Plymouth or Swansea. West Coast; Holyhead or Liverpool.
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
• All prices are inclusive of full board but exclude alcoholic beverages and travel to / from the vessel
• Passengers are required to carry their own insurance
• Prices are per cabin
• Dietary requirements can be catered for as long as notified at time of booking
1. The draft itinerary is published for general guidance only; the itinerary can be subject to alteration at short notice due to operational reasons. Changes may include a change of coastline, for example, from the West Coast to the East Coast;
2. Patricia may enter a port on the day prior to a crew changeover day;
3. Joining or departure may be made by workboat;
4. It is likely that joining and departure will be at different ports;
5. Joining Instructions will be sent out approximately two weeks prior to commencement of the voyage;
6. As part of our Ship Security Policy, all guests must carry valid photographic identification e.g. current photo driving licence or passport;
7. Trinity House does not have an upper age restriction. You should however be capable of ascending and descending potentially steep and slippery steps unaided into a workboat;
8. Terms and Conditions apply and are available on request.
Patricia 2019 – Bookings open in December 2018 –
Sailings from 17th April – 9th October 2019