Category Archives: Sailing ships

Tacking and wearing a sailing ship

This is nothing less than fearsome…

Before the invention of the steam tug, I’m thinking the question of how to manoeuver square rigged sailing vessels in port and close to port must have restricted their size.

PS – This from Chuck Leinweber of the wonderful Duckworks:

Summer Time Yard Work from Clark Munro Jr on Vimeo.

The story of fighting ship HMS Namur, now under the floor of the at workshop at Chatham


HMS Namur was a 90-gun Royal Navy ship of the line built at Chatham Dockyard and launched on the 3rd March 1756. The picture above by Richard Perret isĀ from the Wikimedia Commons.

She fought under Nelson in the 1797 battle of Cape St Vincent and had a long life – she was placed on arbour service in 1807, and wasn’t finally broken up until 1833. But the striking thing is that here timbers were then placed under a workshop floor and were only discovered in 1995, and identified in 2003.

Her identification is the subject of a thesis by St Andrews University student Daniel Atkinson. Read it here: Shipbuilding and timber management in the Royal Dockyards 1750-1850 : an archaeological investigation of timber marks

Now that’s a rudder!

The pleasures of owning and maintaining a boat No. 4,631. Being amazed at the size of a ruddern and then having to maintain it.

This one belongs to HMS Pickle, and the voice that can hardly contain itself belongs to owner Mal Nicholson. Click here for more posts about HMS Pickle.