Ahoy! Category

Falmouth, Ahoy!

In under two weeks the Cornish town of Falmouth will witness a truly spectacular sight – white sail cresting the horizon and then coming to anchor in the third deepest natural harbour in the world. Forty-six Sail Training vessels from around the world, including eleven magnificent square sail Tall Ships, will arrive for four days […]

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The Good Ship Vega Needs Your Help!

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] Vega is a 122 year old Hardanger built Norwegian sailing cargo vessel. Every year
 the vessel sails 8,000 sea miles delivering 
25 tons of donated educational and medical supplies to some of
 South East Asia’s most remote island communities. But […]

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Seafaring Cats

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] When it became apparent that the mighty 140-gun first rate Spanish ship-of-the-line Santisima Trinidad would not survive the raging storm that followed the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 every effort was made to […]

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Prick, Perique or Plug?

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] I first met Ken Yalden a few years ago. Ken is a keen member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. As we chatted he recalled I had mentioned a prick of tobacco […]

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James Craig: From Rotting Hulk to Pride of the Fleet

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] It’s always a joy to watch DVDs of tall ships and recently Kathy and I broached the rum cask to sit back and enjoy James Craig Sails Again. The 92-minute video is the […]

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And a Happy Birthday to the Royal Australian Navy!

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Next week an International Fleet Review is being held to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet into Sydney. Prince Harry will attend the festivities on behalf […]

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Spending a penny at sea

Early warships featured a beakhead on the bow which was used to ram enemy galleys. Around the 900s platforms for archers were built on either side of this beakhead. Known as ‘heads’, these platforms were slotted to allow drainage from breaking waves and became a convenient way to answer the call of nature. Since then […]

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A Sterling Model!

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] After seeing my blog on HMS Victory yesterday Mike Softley emailed me some photographs of a very special model he was involved with. Mike takes up the story: ‘Victory was my second home […]

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Soup to Go!

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] In the 1750s the Royal Navy began issuing portable soup to ships embarking on long voyages, following recommendations by the naval surgeon James Lind that it should be supplied for the sick. It […]

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