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Ancestor launches play ship at Kiplin Hall
A direct descendent of George Calvert, the famous founder of Maryland in America, has launched a new play ship at Kiplin Hall near Scorton, North Yorkshire.
The new equipment is named the Ark and the Dove after the two ships which sailed from England in 1633 to found the new colony to promote religious tolerance.
Alex Champion, from Saltburn, was chosen to launch the ship after winning a competition on the Kiplin Hall website.
Family research found the eight-year-old to be a descendent of George Calvert who built Kiplin Hall and persuaded Charles I to provide the land in America for a new state.
Alex said: ”Grandad tells a story that my ancestors the Calverts were linked to these ships. It’s amazing that 380 years later I am naming this fantastic playship for me and my family to enjoy.”
The ship is at the heart of a new play area built on the site with funds from Yorventure, the recycling charity and the Friends of Kiplin Hall.
The playground is open at the same time as the Hall from Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 5pm.
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