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Class A
Nationality UK
Year Built 2000
Rig Brig


  • Class: A
  • Nationality: UK
  • Year built: 2000
  • Home port: Portsmouth, UK
  • Rig: Brig
  • Height: 37.44 m
  • Length of hull: 50.10 m
  • Entered by: Tall Ships Youth Trust


  • Number of trainees: 48
  • Number of permanent crew: 19


STA Stavros S Niarchos was commissioned and built by the Sail Training Association in 2000 as one of two new brigs to replace the schooners Malcolm Miller and Sir Winston Churchill, which have taken young people on sail training voyages for over thirty years.

STA Stavros S. Niarchos is the first new tall ship built in Britain for over twelve years and at 59m is the maximum size for a brig, the smallest of the square rigs and will accommodate more young people than the schooners. The brig is named after the Greek businessman and sailor who died in 1996.

Mr Niarchos was first associated with the STA when he loaned his three masted schooner, Creole, to the Royal Navy so that cadets could take part in the first Tall Ships’ Race in 1956 and again in 1958. The Stavros S Niarchos Foundation was formed after his death and made a major contribution towards the build of the new brig in order to continue the work of the STA in the UK.