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History of MAST

The Merseyside Sailing Trust or MAST has been providing Tall Ship experiences to young people for over 10 years. MAST was the brainchild of Jim Graves who had for many years previously been offering young people the opportunity to sail.

To date MAST has been able to offer the sailing experience to over 2000 young people from many and varied backgrounds. The Charity has worked with a diverse range of organisations and institutions which has ensured those participating benefit from engaging with young people that they may not normally have the opportunity to meet, that in itself is a major benefit.

MAST has been supported over the years by many local businesses, the City Council, Heritage Lottery Funding and other funding providers. It has worked closely with Liverpool University on developing an Educational Programme on Ocean Literacy and engaged with local schools to help young people understand the importance of our oceans and waterways.

The contribution of MAST has been recognised by the Queens Award for Voluntary service and the Mersey Maritime Positive Impact Award (twice).

To find out more about our history and our passion for helping young people watch

Jim Graves – The man behind the MAST


The Charity has 4 Trustees:

  1. Jim Graves

  2. Trevor Mawhinney

  3. Peter Elson

  4. Kevin Rodgers

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