The combination of the mad sea and all that sail is hopeless, but I still love it. ‘Lord Belfast’s yacht Emily off the Mediterranean coast with a xebec off her port bow’, painted in the early 19th century by John Lynn.
And here she is hove-to. She’s waiting for her owner apparently. Well you wouldn’t get me in a boat in sea like that, except by accident!
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:
I’ve just seen my first East Coast One Design at Tollesbury.
She needs a little care, but there’s no question that these are outstandingly beautiful boats that must offer some truly glamorous racing and daysailing anywhere – so long as you don’t mind the British weather…
Read about them here and here, and click here to see photos of more ECODs.