The Matthew Crew Scale the Crows Nest

Posted on 15/11/16 by The Matthew of Bristol

Members of the crew of The Matthew of Bristol ventured up into the ship’s crow’s nest to fundraise for The Matthew of Bristol Trust and the Duke of Edinburgh Award last Friday.

Paul in the Crows Nest (c)The Matthew of Bristol/Paul Hayton

A group of volunteers, trustees and staff from the Matthew of Bristol have so far raised approximately £1000 by completing a rather challenging climb from a cherry picker into the crows nest of the Matthew on a rather wet and grey day last week.

Supplied and operated by Morclad Access, an MEWP - better known as a cherry picker- was based on the quay wall and individually lifted the crew members up to the level of the crows nest, from where they climbed into the crows nest.  This may sound relatively easy but at a height of 22.5m above the water level it was a rather daunting challenge, with several of the crew members overcoming their fear of heights to achieve it.

Morclad Access MEWP at the Matthew (c)The Matthew of Bristol

Trustee and Volunteer Co-ordinator Ann May said, ‘I never thought I would ever be able to go to the top of the Matthew Mast and actually stand in the Crows Nest.  It was an amazing experience, especially as I had to overcome my fear of heights to do this.’

For Ann completing the challenge will also help earn her a Diamond Duke of Edinburgh Award pin, an award to mark the 60thAnniversary of the DofE Award. Ann added, ‘completing the challenge also meant I was able to help raise funds for the Duke of Edinburgh's Diamond Challenge and for The Matthew of Bristol.’

Ann in the Crows Nest (c)The Matthew of Bristol/Paul Hayton

Part of the money raised will go to the Duke of Edinburgh Challenge, a fund which supports vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. The remainder will go to the Matthew of Bristol Trust where it will be used to support the provision of their charitable aims – including providing subsided educational trips – and in the essential maintenance of the ship, which will be celebrating its 20thanniversary next year in 2017.

The View Down from the Crows Nest (c)The Matthew of Bristol/Paul Hayton

The MEWP was primarily brought in to complete some maintenance work at the top of the mast and on the upper levels of the rigging. The skipper of The Matthew Rick Wakeham said, ‘we needed to hire the cherry for maintenance, but it also seemed like an incredible opportunity for some of our crew who are unable to climb up the rattling to be able to experience what it’s like in the crows nest.

‘Despite the overcast day the views of the harbour and beyond into the countryside were wonderful. It was an experience we certainly won’t forget.’

The view across the harbour from the Matthew crows nest (c)The Matthew of Bristol/Paul Hayton

The team have so far raised around £1000 to go to the two charities, if you would like to donate you still can by visiting our fundraising page