Collective Spirit ship brings a bit of Hendrix to Eastbourne

Collective Spirit
Collective Spirit

A BOAT made out of 1,200 pieces of wood including a piece of one Jimi Hendrix’s guitars, a toy helicopter, a chunk of the Mary Rose and a plank from the London 2012 Olympic velodrome will sale into Eastbourne this week.

The ship, called Collective Spirit, was paid for by funding from the Arts Council and every piece of wood used has its own story behind it, having been donated by members of the public.

The team behind her a used a framework of stripped cedar planks and cut each of the donations into shape before fitting them together like a jigsaw.

And among the donations was a piece of Brighton’s West Pier, hockey sticks, a policeman’s truncheon and a hairbrush used by a make-up artist at London’s iconic Pinewood Studios in the 1960s.

Built at a harbour near Chichester in West Sussex, the Collective Spirit took around a year to put together and can now reach speeds of up to 20 knots.

And this Thursday locals can see the ship for themselves when it sails into Sovereign Harbour at around 10am. It will stay there until around 5pm, with boatside tours running from 1pm until 4pm, followed by a sea shanty singalong.

People will also get the chance to meet the crew and hear tales from their voyage so far.