Historic Ship ‘Matthew’ to Help Promote Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The 'Matthew' will become the Dawn Treader later this year

A life-size replica of the historic ship ‘Matthew’ will be used later this year to help promote The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

It hasn’t been announced exactly how the ship will be used, but apparently it will be outfitted to look like the Dawn Treader. The production could be planning to use the ship during the premier.

The Matthew is a replica of John Cabot’s ship which set sail for Asia over 500 years ago and first discovered Newfoundland. You can find out more about the ship at matthew.co.uk. The Matthew is usually anchored in Bristol but can sail to other locations.

Here are a few more pictures of the ship:

Thanks to Icarus for the tip.

86 Responses

  1. Nathan says:

    Cool Ship

  2. Palagrin says:

    Interesting. Quite how they want to convert it baffles me, though.

  3. Sir Jack says:

    cool ship, but i think it's a lillte big for the dawn treader…

  4. icarus says:

    If they stick a dragon prow and tail on that ship, change the sail to purple, and then sail it up the Thames to the UK premiere of the movie at the O2 Arena (assuming they have it there again) it would quite simply blow my mind! I mean, how ridiculously cool would that be!? The entire cast and crew arrive at the premiere on a replica of the Dawn Treader! If they aren't planning on using the boat for that purpose, then i hope they are reading this and take note! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow! That's a beautiful ship! I've always dreamed of being able to be on a real sailing ship. I can't wait to see how production will do it up. This is a cool idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Waleed Sajjad Khan says:


  7. Karnia says:

    Niiiiice! Maybe they're going to give "tours of the Dawn Treader"..?

  8. GlimGlum says:

    Great idea! Sail on Dawn Treader and Matthew. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. gabinkyunable/to/roar says:

    ummmm i thik ill stick to the original shp thnak you…
    est sail dawn treader! trailer in one week!!

  10. ernesto says:

    pero lo van a meter el barco de Narnia al agua verdad que si pues esperamos que si y si


    • Lylanarniafan says:

      yo creo que si , porque ya vimos las fotos del original, pero hay que ver esperemos eso!!

  11. Narniamiss says:

    I actually think this is a perfect ship for the Dawn Treader! It'll be interesting to see the transformation.

  12. Haggith Tarkheena (trying to think of new name) says:

    What do they mean by "promote" The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?

    • Elf Maiden Archer of Rivendell says:

      I think since since the "Matthew" is a historic ship, and is probably like a tourist thing, they'll probably put up stuff about VDT,etc. for tourists & visitors to check out. Then if people see it's (VDT) about a ship,etc. they (say the non-fans for example) might be interested in watching VDT & maybe reading the book. Good idea, I'll say.

  13. LadyCourage says:

    Veeery interesting… Am curious to see how it'll be used.

  14. narnianheart says:

    OMG!! That is a way cool ship. I want one. =p

  15. Puddleglum says:

    Yes. Very nice ship, and all. Excellent idea using it for promotion of the movie.

    I am still leaving my feet on more solid ground, thank you.

  16. just jill says:

    nice ship but the dawn treader is supposed to be fairly small

    • Boke_Wyrm says:

      Hard to tell from the pictures, but out on the open ocean, that ship IS rather small. I've been on a replica of the Half Moon, Henry Hudson's ship, and it is tiny. Sea voyages were not for sissies :-).

  17. pselpevensie says:

    that's so cool! hope it works!!!

  18. Braden Woodburn says:

    Very cool indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Silver the Wanderer says:

    Ooooh interesting idea! Very creative advertising. I like it :3

  20. Lylanarniafan says:

    I't will be great that in the premier they use it, imagen nothing more narnian

  21. kittengirl says:

    Wow! This is cool!

  22. MurtaghLuv says:

    AWESOME SHIP!!!! that is such a cool boat. i love sail ships.

  23. HighQueen_Of_LanternWaste says:

    Great idea. ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. always narnian โ€ข loyal C.S. Lewis fan says:

    that is most interesting

  25. DancingprincessCari says:

    That's a good idea, but why didn't they just keep the one they used to film the movie?

    • coracle says:

      They can't use the set they used to film on because it isn't actually a ship!
      It's just the top part on a huge moving base (gimble) which made it move like a ship in the ocean.

  26. The Batman says:

    Sweet! I got to see the Mayflower II (a replica of the Mayflower) in Cape Cod a few years ago. It was so cool being able to walk around on it and see how tiny that ship really was inside!

    • coracle says:

      @The Batman
      I have visited and walked around on The Endeavour (replica of Captain Cook's ship which he visited & mapped New Zealand and Australia and other Pacific islands). It was interesting to see how low the ceilings were. It's a working, sailing replica.

      • The Batman says:

        @Coracle I just looked up pictures of the Endeavor, that is so cool you got to see it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
        I love Master and Commander and Horatio Hornblower. The tv series of Hornblower was great. Also, anyone ever see the old 1951 Gregory Peck Hornblower? That one's a lot of fun, too.

      • NarnianElf says:

        You got good taste in movies! Those two are among my top 4 favorite movies!!! Ohhh, I love those ones…

    • Starlily says:

      Can you imagine being stuck on that boat coming all the way to America crammed in with a bunch of other people? Sounds like a nightmare to me!

      • Ariel_of_Narnia says:

        Ugh, don't remind me!

      • Elf Maiden Archer of Rivendell says:

        Oh, yeah! I also went on a historic ship museum @ the Sea Port in NYC. It was from the late 1800's (I think.) & it was TINY! ugh, that would be horrid to be forced to suffer like how they did back then!

      • NarnianElf says:

        I would personally LOVE to have sailed around the world on one of the British frigates during the early 1800s. Old ships like that fascinate me! That's one of the reasons why Master & Commander and Horatio Hornblower are some of my favorite movies.

    • Aunt Letty says:

      That ship is probably a lot smaller than it looks in the photo, since the photo is taken looking up at the ship. I've been on board the Mayflower II numerous times, and have become wretchedly seasick from it, too. And no, I wasn't lucky enough to sail on it, it was all neatly tied up to the dock. I guess I wouldn't have survived the trip to Aslan's country( "seasick in Spithead"…for those Horatio fans out there ๐Ÿ™‚ ) But I'd chance another bout of seasickness to go on board the "Dawn Treader". I think. Wouldn't that be the coolest traveling museum exhibit, ever?

      • Starlily says:

        Undeniably it would be the coolest ever! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Puddleglum says:

        Perhaps if it were tied to a dock,

        then I could look at it from the dock.

        No closer.

      • Aunt Letty says:


        what about the gangplank. It's fastened to the dock. Would you look from the gangplank? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Puddleglum says:

        Dearest Aunt Letty

        Thank you, no. Even the very word brings to mind pirats, and their history with that particular piece of lumber.

      • Aunt Letty says:

        I do see your point.

      • Omac the centaur says:

        pirates i can handle, but a boat is not the place 4 hooves, especially 1s that go to the end of the earth…

  27. ooh awesome! can't wait to see how they use it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. Karine says:

    Interesting. I wonder what exactly they plan to do with it for the promo.

  29. Embrace says:

    The Ship Will Hit The Fan…s! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. sam says:

    sooo excited!!!!

  31. sirsimon says:

    I live an hour from bristol, so this is good news

  32. Going4God says:

    I have a very good feeling that VDT will gross only slightly lower, if not, above LWW!
    This makes me sooo exited!

  33. narnian resident says:

    what a beautiful ship! thats very interesting that they would want a specific replica of an old famous ship, but for whatever reason its very cool. gosh i've always dreamed of being on a real old fashioned ship. its one of my fantasies in life. i have alot of those ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Starlily says:

      That's one of my fantasies too! To sail on, or at least have a tour of an old-fashioned ship. That would be amazingly cool!
      But it probably won't happen. I'll just keep dreamin'. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • NarnianElf says:

      Haha, that's one of my fantasies too! And, like y'all, I've got lots of dreams.

  34. skilletfreak says:

    never heard of the Matthew, but i am sure it is a voyage of the voyage of the dawn treader ship

  35. Eustace says:

    Interesting, I wonder how they will use it to promote the Dawn Treader. Well, it does sound like they are going all out to promote this movie.

  36. Luis Daniel says:


  37. Alambil and Tarvis says:

    Even without Disney's mega-marketing skills they are still managing to go the extra mile to promote the movie. This is AWESOME.

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