I gather from Never Sea Land that Stuart Weir’s article about the boats of Swallows and Amazons has a new home here:
I’ve been searching high and low for some photos I took of one of Arthur Ransome’s dinghies in the Windermere Museum, but I can’t find the folder for the life of me. It’s a shame – it’s a nice old fashioned little clinker dinghy bearing an ancient and rather sweet notice that says it’s very old and needs to be cared for. Maybe it’ll turn up one day.
The owner of Never Sea Land says he plans to put up a lot more Ransome-related material, which might well be worth looking out for.
He’s also steadily putting up a series of images of mermaids that might entertain many people. But for many of us perhaps the most entertaining link is the one that explains the weblog’s title – it comes from a song written and performed by a Pirate-core band that dresses up in stagey pirate gear and plays rock on modern electric instruments. Portland sounds like a whacky place, I must say.
But however much it makes me smile, the logic of Portland’s pirate-rock is only about as crazy as the British Blues Boom, in which a string of musical groups made up of nice young predominantly middle-class British men plugged in their electric guitars and pretended to be Delta and Chicago blues men – and I remember taking that very seriously indeed, and even used to play some of that stuff myself. We all have our stories, and many of us still have the guitars…
All this talk of pirates reminds me that anyone interested in how the legendary Barbary pirate ships sailed so well and were so feared might be interested to follow this link:
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