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Thekla, Bristol

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Thekla is a former cargo ship moored in the Mud Dock area of Bristol's Floating Harbour, England. The ship was built in Germany in 1958 and worked in the coastal trades.In 1982 the ship was bought by Ki Longfellow-Stanshall, the wife of Vivian Stanshall, refitted, and brought to Bristol in 1983 as the Old Profanity Showboat. It was used as a theatre to showcase music of every sort, including cabaret, comedy, plays, musicals, and poetry events. The ship also contained an art gallery. The living quarters were home for Vivian, Ki, their daughter, Silky Longfellow-Stanshall, and Ki's daughter, Sydney Longfellow, as well as a few key personnel.During the 1990s, under new management, it was run as a rent-a-nightclub. The ship has now been returned to its original working name of Thekla and is run as a night club and venue for various bands by Daybrook House Promotions.Construction and working lifeBuilt in Yard No. 185, Thekla was launched on 12 July 1958 by Büsumer-Schiffswerft W & E Sielaff at Büsum, Schleswig-Holstein for the Schepers family of Haren/Ems. One of the last riveted ships to be produced (the hulls of metal ships have long been made by welding plates). she measured 424 gross registered tons and had a deadweight tonnage of 718 tons. Her overall length is 52.77m and breadth 8.82m, with a 3.21m draft. Theklas hold was lined with Australian red jarrah, one of the hardest woods. With a single screw propulsion, she was powered by a 300bhp diesel engine made by Bohn & Kähler, Kiel and was said to be a U-boat engine left over from the Second World War, however these engines were not built until the 1950s.
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  • Saw 90's Indie popsters Moose and Stereolab at the Thekla, awesome. More awesome however, was a local band which had a colleague among their number. Krimo aka Kreemo were a blistering live act in...  more »
  • This was my first trip to the venue and it was to see San Holo and it was an amazing experience and unique experience! The staff were friendly and were more than happy to help. The venue is super...  more »
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  • Been here for a couple of concerts and enjoyed it every time. Really good atmosphere - it's small so feels quite intimate and every time I've been I've met the bands afterwards. Always a great experience.
  • Super night out on the boat as always. I was glad to see more of the hard-working crew behind the bar, it was much easier and quicker to get served than the last time I'd been there.

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