The Vigilance of Brixham vessel (BM 76) is a piece of living history. She was the last wooden sailing trawler built at Brixham's famed Upham shipyard and was completed in 1926. Following completion she then worked with the local fishing fleet until the mid-1930s.
During the Second World War the Vigilance saw service as a barrage balloon mooring vessel. Later she was used as a gentleman's yacht, a film set vessel and as an adventure training craft visiting France, the Faroe Islands, France and the Isle of Man.
In 1997 she was brought home to Brixham by a consortium of local people with the aim of restoring her to her original elegant lines and also to ensure that she was used by local community groups and residents and visitors to Brixham.
Now wonderfully restored she gracefully sails around the Bay and is instantly recognised by her red (ochre) coloured sails and she will always be associated with the song "Red sails in the sunset"
On the 31st July 2013 the Brixham News published a two page article about a wonderful trip that their reporter, Karen Perrow, had just completed aboard Vigilance.
Although now over 86 years of age, Vigilance has been restored to her early splendour and she is fully operational for charter sails or short sailing trips. She is frequently used for shore based educational visits by school children and film crews she is also available for family celebrations such as christenings, birthday parties and also for team building exercises. Charter trips can be of a short duration or for longer cross Channel destinations.
Vigilance is unique within the local fleet of Heritage Vessels because she is owned and run by a consortium of local volunteers and is used solely for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area. To date, this consortium has managed to raise sufficient funding from local sources and generous donations alone.
All the crew are trained and experienced local volunteers from all walks of life and the skippers are fully qualified Commercial Yachtmasters. Each coastal trip can accommodate 12 passengers or 10 passengers on cross Channel voyages.
Vigilance is normally moored at the end of the Heritage Pontoon in front of the Prince William pub and restaurant.
Much more information about the boat can be viewed on the website and all bookings and enquiries can be made online via the website or by telephoning our bookings officer on 07764 845 353
"The Vigilance is not a static museum ship but is sailed by as many residents and visitors as possible" (Quote from Brixham News article published in July 2013).