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Class B
Nationality UK
Year Built 1928
Rig Gaff Ketch


  • Name: TECTONA
  • Class: B
  • Nationality: UK
  • Year built: 1928
  • Home port: Plymouth
  • Rig: Gaff Ketch
  • Height: 19.00 m
  • Length: 19.36 m
  • Entered by: The Island Trust


  • Areas of operation: Northern Europe
  • Number of trainees: 12
  • Number of permanent crew: 3
  • Berth types: Bunks, Mixed
  • Showers: Yes
  • Operational language(s) on board: English
  • Special diets catered for: Yes
  • Special needs catered for: Yes


Tectona is loaned by Tectona Trust to The Island Trust, who operate her. Tectona Trust use Tectona themselves for voyages, helping young people in recovery from drug addiction. Tectona was built in India in 1928 by local people and elephants, who dragged huge teak trees to the beach to be chopped into planks. She was commissioned by a Major in the medical corps for use as a private yacht and was brought back to the UK. Over the next 30 years she changed hands and professions several times. She was used to ferry supplies and personnel in the Hebrides during the Second World War, and later as a charter yacht, before she finally found her place in sail training. 

In 1964, she was bought by the Plymouth School of Navigation and used as their training ship for the next 16 years. A huge number of the most senior mariners in Britain learned to sail on Tectona as cadets. Over the next 40 years, Tectona explored most of the North Atlantic and Mediterranean, with young people from all over Europe to sail and navigate her. In 2008, Tectona was brought back to Plymouth and since then has been taking young people from all walks of life on adventures around Britain.

Today, she once again has connections with Plymouth University, with medical students taking part in her Recovery voyages, and the Plymouth University Tectona Business Challenge named after her.

Built solidly of teak, with many full-length 70-foot planks, she is extremely seaworthy. Rigged as a gaff ketch, she is easy to handle and perfect for learning. She has a hand-worked windlass for weighing the anchor. Her accommodation is in an open fo’c’sle style with four sets of bunk beds. There is one private cabin with bunk beds for two, and the remaining bunks are in the saloon. She has a lovely communal feel.