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Gentleman’s yacht The Peggy comes out of her cellar after 200 years

The Peggy, built in 1789 for politician and banker George Quayle (1751–1835) one of a tiny number of vessels built in the 18th century that still survive, has been moved from the cellar boathouse in which she has lain for more than 200 years. There’s another video of the event here.

My thanks to Chris Brady for spotting this one.

The clinker-built ‘armed yacht’ was schooner rigged with a bowsprit and had six oar-holes, and also sported six cannons and two stern chasers. She’s also the oldest surviving example of a sailing vessel with sliding keels, which are said to be the ancestor of the daggerboard.

Read about the Peggy here, and here.

The Peggy’s move is for the purposes conservation and study.

Other work completed by the  Isle of Man Nautical Museum includes and archaeological excavation of her 18th century owner’s 18th dock. See a time-lapse video of the dig:

A Year Afloat with the sailing barge Victor, and other barge news

While we’re on the subject of sailing barges, I noticed this interesting chapter of a history of the Greenwich Peninsula about barges.

And in other news, the sailing barge Decima, recognisable by the logo of sponsors  Tiptree is for sale.

PS… And then there’s Majestic with her Swelling Sails, filmed in 1931.

 

Giant squid sea monsters are real, just as the old sailors said…

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The legendary giant squid sea monster is real. Perhaps not quite as big as this picture suggests, but I wouldn’t fancy the chances of a human who got into a fight with one… They’re capable of eating two to three metre fish, apparently.

How do we know this creature exists? Biologists at New Zealand’s AUT University recently dissected a defrosted one and the whole thing is on YouTube.

For an earlier Intheboatshed.net post about giant sea monsters, click here.