Windward-sailing Barbary pirates


Xebec pirate ship

!!This post now with added singing – see the bottom of this post!!Â

My canoe sailing and building pal Jim van den Bos sent me this link from The Times newspaper yesterday:

Here’s the TS Pelican’s website, which tells the story of her interesting rig; see also this article by Philip Goode, the designer involved in the TS Pelican project:

The whole thing led me to speculate how Continue reading “Windward-sailing Barbary pirates”


National Trust replaces famous Lindisfarne Castle boatsheds

Upturned boatsheds480

Photo by Catherine Atkinson

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We must now be a recognised part of the meeja – we’ve received another interesting press release today announcing that the Lindisfarne boatsheds have been replaced. It’s great also to be able to celebrate some more great sheds – it’s been too long since the our last post on this important topic. Perhaps we should make sheds a category of their own?

I remember the original up-turned boatsheds from the one time I visited Lindisfarne in the 1970s, when I was a student in the area. They remind me very much of Halfpenny Cottage at Hastings, which is similarly made from an upturned half-boat.

Anyway, here’s the information the way the National Trust tells it:

Official opening of restored boatsheds at Lindisfarne Castle

The iconic upturned boats that replace those tragically destroyed by fire at Lindisfarne Castle officially open to the public.

The boats that sit below the castle are familiar landmarks on Holy Island. Continue reading “National Trust replaces famous Lindisfarne Castle boatsheds”

Three Men in a Boat

Jerome K Jerome

Jerome K Jerome

It seems a little odd to post a link to an eBook of a classic Victorian English novel, but that’s what I’m going to do tonight.

Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat… To Say Nothing of the Dog describes a journey on the Thames by three young men and a small dog in a Thames skiff equipped for camping. It’s a classic of boating literature and of Victorian English life, and seems to me to be a prototype for every road movie I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t had occasion to read it yet, I strongly recommend it Continue reading “Three Men in a Boat”