Bank Holiday Event at Berry Head to Celebrate Napoleonic Mast

Bank Holiday Event at Berry Head to Celebrate Napoleonic Mast

Published: 20 May 2015

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust in conjunction with Brixham Heritage Museum are celebrating the culmination of an important historical project at Berry Head National Nature Reserve on Sunday 24th May between 10am and 2pm.

The project has seen many different people come together, including master craftsmen, volunteers and Trust rangers. As a part of the 2015 celebrations of the battle of Waterloo, the installation of a replica Napoleonic-era naval signalling mast has taken place within the South Fort at Berry Head and members of the public are invited to come and see the mast and take part in activities and events, including a free family orientated bootcamp.

The project has used traditional methods and local craftsmen to build a replica Napoleonic signal mast, replaced the mast that was removed in 2013. Even the wood for the mast was sourced from larch trees in The Grove woodlands at Churston.

The transportation of the mast took the project to new levels, with the felled tree being transported from the woods by traditional horse logging. This was done under the guidance of local experts Dan and John Fisher from Noriker Horse Logging. The wood was then floated and towed by Nigel Lihou and his boat ‘Optimist’ from Churston Cove to Galmpton, where Brixham trawler mast makers Mike Ticehurst, Bill Wakeham and their team carved the wood into the replica Napoleonic mast.

Now complete and in its new home, the impressive mast stands at 36 feet tall, with a base diameter of 10 inches, narrowing to 6 inches at the top and can be seen for miles around.

The event on Sunday 24th May is free to attend. 

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