The RMS Queen Mary

Starting it’s career about the same time as the Normandie, Cunard’s entry into the super liner competition had a much longer more illustrious career before ending up as a museum/hotel in Long Beach CA.  That, in spite of a rather rocky construction and some thinking  for a time that the ship would   end up being scrapped in the slip before  ever touching the water.

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The Viking Ship

Recently I ran into an old book about Viking ships dug up from burial mounds.  It was a small book from the Viking Ship Museum. I don’t know how I got it.  It may have come from one of my grandparents or from a book sale. Anyway I scanned a few pages.

These were remarkable finds back in the early 20th Century and greatly increased the knowledge of how the dragon ships went together.

Of course, since then, replica ships have been built using the old techniques and sailed.  Sailing a vessel is the only way to understand how it functions and how well it does.  You can’t sail an ancient artifact and having a real ship to replicate makes the whole thing possible.  Here’s a stack of videos to watch.



The MacKay Clipper Ship

For a brief time in the mid 19th Century a small group of ships changed how ocean trade was done.  These ships were the clipper ships, large sailing vessels that were faster than most sailing vessels of the time, delivering cargoes around the world. Before the clippers a cargo of tea from China would take seven to eight months to reach Britain.  After the  clippers that time was reduced to four to six months.

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A Couple Of Blog Posts About Working On Boats

11 Badass Fact About Girls Who Work On Boats.

It’s not just hanging around being eye candy in bikinis. Working on a boat is hard and unending work doing very difficult and sometimes very dirty jobs.  Out on the water there’s only your own resources to rely on, so you learn a great deal of self reliance.

Taking Down The Topmast On The Mary Day.

Taking down the topmast means that you are putting the boat away after the season, cruise or voyage is done.  It’s when it’s time to make sure that everything is battened down, closed up and put away, ready for the next voyage.