North Lewis enjoyed the spectacular sight of a tall ship under full sail yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 21 April) as the Polish brig Fryderyk Chopin sailed around the west side and the butt of Lewis, heading for anchor in Stornoway.

The two-masted brig was built and has her home port in Poland – she’s currently heading for home in Szczecin.

Built in 1992 in Gdansk, she started her career in tall ship racing with a spectacular performance in the transatlantic Columbus regatta, finishing third in her class.

She’s now a sail training ship and is usually home to the Blue School, an educational training programme for young people specialising in long European and Transatlantic voyages.

The ship is heading home for Poland from the Caribbean island of St Martin, having interrupted her sail schedule due to the effects of Coronavirus.

She’s unable to land any passengers in Stornoway with the current restrictions on visiting vessels, which limit any activity to the taking on of fuel, water and limited stores, using contactless methods.

The picture of Fryderyk Chopin at anchor in Stornoway bay is by Gayle Taylor. The ship is also pictured in St Martin in the Caribbean (Guillaume Marie Galante).

Tall ship with Arnish in the background, by Fred Silver