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R.V. Callista escapes the Royal Wedding

Published: 5 May 2011

Sadly Callista was not called upon to help William & Kate on their big day; instead she was doing her civic duty to the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.

R.V. Callista and her crew were stationed at the historic Cobb Harbour, the gangway open to all that wished to come aboard. This is the third time that Callista has been invited to the Fossil Festival and she was a star attraction once again, with live demonstrations and hands on experiments for all, showcasing some of the work undertaken by students and staff at Ocean and Earth Science. Some of the highlights included a ‘singing bubbles’ experiment and footage from the deep-sea.

Callista at Lyme Regis
Callista at Lyme Regis

Over the three day event Callista had over 2200 people on board. Many people remarked that it was a shame that Callista has not been utilised by the wedding party as she is a mighty fine vessel, with plenty of deck space to accommodate ‘the dress’. As with all auspicious occasions the dress code was strictly upheld with a fine variety of headwear, we had the sun hats, salt encrusted baseball caps and other such items of finery. The footwear was not to be forgotten with everything from wellies to sandals and barefooted, sand covered youngsters. The weather did hold up for most of the festival, but on the last afternoon we were treated to some monumental showers which drove the masses off the beaches, running for cover.

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