Yesterday we were in London and by happy coincidence were loitering by the Thames at the very moment a large sailing boat was being towed under Tower bridge.
It turns out it was the East Indiaman Götheborg, a replica of an old sailing ship which is on the last leg of a two year world tour. This is the official website, which explains everything. It even has videos, though they are in Swedish.
It was all very impressive and I thought you’d like to see the pictures.
As an aside, this I liked this paragraph about the deck hands and standing crew and their previous legs. I don’t know why as it isn’t that funny – in fact it isn’t funny in the slightest.
Many volunteer deckhands are now in for their first meeting with a full-rigged sailing-ship and there are lots to be learned. But they have excellent help not only from the officers of the standing crew, but also from a number of “old salts” from previous legs, having signed on for this last leg to experience the return to her home-port Göteborg after the long expedition to China.
I am filing this entry under ‘sundry’, as I don’t yet have sufficient content for a ‘nautical’ category.