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.


JMW Turner at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The JMW Turner exhibition currently on show at the National Maritime Museum is well worth the trip for those with a romantic bent, who like the sea and who enjoy Turner’s painterly showmanship. There’s also some nice material from artists who influenced him and some from rivals (who may or may not have done so), and collections and books of his sketches.

We made the trip a few days ago, and loved it. I’d like to present a long list of my favourites here, but they’re mostly not available except at a price… So here are three of his most famous paintings, two of which, ‘Keelmen’ and ‘Temeraire‘ are in the show.

If you’re interested in seeing the show, it’s on at Greenwich until the 21st April.