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The Pilgrim of Brixham

The Pilgrim of Brixham

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The Pilgrim of Brixham

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  • Floating seaside wedding venue
  • Ship moored in Brixham, South Devon
  • 19th-century former fishing trawler
  • Part of the National Historic Fleet
  • Perfect for drinks and canapés
  • Informal receptions for up to 50 on deck
  • Formal meals for up to 16 in the galley
  • Receptions for up to 10 people out at sea
  • Romantic seaborne honeymoon transport

Ever fancied holding your wedding reception on a ship? Whether you have nautical experience yourselves, or are just looking for an unusual place to host your reception by or on the sea, this gorgeous and historic fishing boat might be totally perfect for you!

Built in the late 19th century, this stunning gaff-rigged sailing trawler is a part of the National Historic Fleet and is usually moored or anchored in harbour in the gorgeous South Devon town of Brixham. The Pilgrim presents an ideal and atmospheric venue for informal drinks, buffets or canapé receptions for up to 50 guests on deck, or for a smaller informal gathering in the galley below.


The Pilgrim of Brixham BM45 is a gaff-rigged, red-sailed fishing trawler originally constructed in 1895 by J W & A Uphams, one of Devon's most famous ship-building yards. Much of the town and county's economy depended on these red-sailed wooden ships. After serving 20 years as a fishing vessel in Brixham, she was moved on to Sweden, and spent the remainder of the 20th century carrying various cargo including stone, ice, timber, scrap iron, even granite reportedly for the Germans to make statues of Hitler.

In 1999, now in a poor state, she plied her way back home to Brixham where, thanks to over £1m in funds raised by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the specially-formed Pilgrim Preservation Trust, she was vastly rebuilt and restored to her former glory in 2011. Today she serves as a charter vessel, runs tourist day trips to Falmouth and elsewhere, and of course hosts wedding receptions!


On Deck

Up to 50 guests can enjoy an informal reception on the deck of this historic vessel. Couples often use the deck in different ways:-

  • An elegant drinks and canapés reception, either before or after their wedding ceremony
  • An informal buffet for the main reception, before going elsewhere for evening celebrations

Informal Reception Capacity - 50 Guests

The deck is exposed to the elements of course, so keep an eye on the forecast; if needed, ask your guests to bring waterproofs.

The Galley

For intimate wedding receptions below deck in the Galley you're guaranteed an experience away from any potential rain or wind!

Galley Reception Capacity - 16 Guests

Setting Sail

The Pilgrim of Brixham is a completely seaworthy vessel. If you have previous sailing ability or you and a limited number of your guests (up to 10 including you) don't mind getting rough and ready on the open seas then a private charter hire is an option too!

Alternative Honeymoon Transportation

How about a smooth transition into a honeymoon excursion as you set sail on The Pilgrim to the Scilly Isles, the Channel Islands, or even the coast of France after your wedding-day celebrations are over? Get in touch with the team to find out more about this.

Get in touch with the weddings hospitality team and crew of The Pilgrim via their contact details just below this listing.

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