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Film role for Nith tall ship

By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Film role for Nith tall ship

A TALL ship moored at the Kingholm Quay has been clocking up the nautical miles in recent months - and is now set to appear in a feature film.

La Malouine has been making visits to ports all around the Solway, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland.
And captain Roy Kerr said: “We’re heading to Éire now, to Waterford, to take part in a film shoot where we’re the tall ship taking the immigrants away to America.
“I don’t know what the film’s called so far, and they’re keeping the details very hush-hush, but it’s about taking the famine years and the immigrants.”
Joking, he added: “Unfortunately we’re not going to America.”
La Malouine arrived at its new home at Kingholm Quay in April 2015 – marking the first time in 100 years that Dumfries had welcomed a tall ship of that size.
Revealing just how busy the ship and its crew have been, Roy said: “We’ve been across to the Isle of Man a few times, and we’ve been into every port in the Solway we can get into now, apart from Kirkcudbright.
“And we’re just back from Northern Ireland.”
The sailing ship had been carrying a cargo of small rowing boats or skiffs from Isle of Whithorn to Northern Ireland for the World Championships at Strangford Lough in County Down.
The event was being filmed by BBC Northern Ireland, with thousands of rowers from around the world taking part, with La Malouine starting off and finishing the competition with its ship’s cannon.
And afterwards La Malouine returned to the Ballantrae Smuggling Festival in Stranraer, with the event filmed by ITV and due to be screened at the end of the month.

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