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Olga, a historic Pilot Cutter at Swansea Bay

Set sail on Olga, the only remaining Bristol Channel pilot cutter in public ownership. This historic ship was built in 1909 to take pilots out into the Bristol Channel to intercept ships bound for the ports of South Wales. After a major restoration project to return the ship to its original glory, this fantastic vessel has finally returned to the city.

Drawings and specifications from 1909 were used to design the gallery and saloon. Olga is the only sailing vessel in Wales listed on the National Register of Historic Ships and forms part of Swansea Museum’s maritime collection.

Did you know – a pilot is someone who uses their expert knowledge of local waters to guide ships in and out of harbour?

Restoring Olga was a key focus for establishing Swansea Bay as a watersports centre of excellence. This type of fast boat was used to take pilots out to larger ships to guide them through the difficult waters of the Bristol Channel. Olga is an important and rare survivor from a past time. She is moored at Swansea Museum’s pontoon in the Marina, which will be open to the public over Bank Holiday weekends and throughout July and August.

For more information and any booking enquiries, please contact Swansea Museum.

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