GIBUNCO
GIBRALTAR INTERNATIONAL
LITERARY FESTIVAL

16th – 19th November 2017

The Spirit of Falmouth

Price: Standard £12, Senior Citizens £8, Children £8

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The Spirit of Falmouth

Steven Price Brown

Nov

17

4:00pm 1h
The Gibraltar Garrison Library (Festival HQ)

Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Ireland – every crewmember aboard the Spirit of Falmouth had served in one of these trouble spots, had had almost unimaginably traumatic experiences there, and then had trouble readjusting to civilian life. Some were hospitalised, others ended up living on the streets, many of them found themselves alone and isolated. Steven Price Brown tells the unique and inspiring account follows the Spirit of Falmouth’s June 2016 voyage around the country these men had sworn to protect. The tall ship is the last remaining Merseyside Pilot Schooner, and the voyage was organised by veterans’ charity Turn To Starboard to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the pilot service. The route took the men from Falmouth back to Liverpool, where the service started in 1766, the long way. This is the story of the Spirit of Falmouth’s crew – dramatic, uplifting, moving, and told with the inevitable darkly hilarious humour of those who have served.