Cinnamon, Spice of the East Indiaman

Cinnamon, Spice of the East Indiaman

While the Swedish Ship Gotheborg looks for new owners, it was good to take some time out, help look after her and reminisce about the exploits of her ancestors.  

North Sea Regatta, Blyth 2016

North Sea Regatta, Blyth 2016

A few pre-race shots from Blyth as the fleet gets into gear with some last minute adjustments before the race start to Gothenburg

Antwerp – Lisbon TSR

Antwerp – Lisbon TSR

Antwerp – Lisbon TSR A few pre-race shots around Torbay, the crew of the Danish full rigger, Georg Stage, making sail  

Antwerp TSR 2010

Antwerp TSR 2010

With the Antwerp to Lisbon Race due to start this week, heres a look back at the 2010 tall ships gathering there Interesting weather conditions leading to strong lighting effects, some great displays and a ‘Grand Finale’ by the Indonesian Barquentine ‘Duwaruci’ for the parade of Sail

New Tall Ship Calendar for 2017

New Tall Ship Calendar for 2017

  Available from 8th  August 2016. STOCKISTS National Maritime museum, Greenwich Cutty Sark Flametree Publishing  

A Postcard from A Coruña 2012

A Postcard from A Coruña 2012

A Coruña the point of departure for the Spanish Armada and home to the legend of Maria Pita who’s bravery helped to repel an English incursion led by Sir Francis Drake. And lest we forget, the scene of Lieutenant-General Sir John Moore’s (1761-1809) heroic evacuation of troops during the Peninsular war. The ships were arriving after their […]

HARTLEPOOL 2010

HARTLEPOOL 2010

I can think of many reasons to visit Hartlepool but none better than to see Britain’s oldest warship afloat, the frigate ‘HMS Tricomalee’ and to photograph the gathering of the Tall Ships for the North Sea Regatta 2010. And have you heard the dark tale of the ‘Hartlepool Monkey’ washed ashore one night from the wreck […]

HMS Trincolmalee 1817

HMS Trincolmalee 1817

Leading on from my earlier post about the 2010 North Sea Regatta in Hartlepool, no visit to the port would be complete without a trip to see the HMS Trincomalee. She has the distinction of being the oldest British warship still afloat and is now the centrepiece of the Historic Dockyard Museum in Hartlepool. Built in Bombay and launched in October 1817, […]

Tall Ships Blyth 2016

Tall Ships Blyth 2016

Looking forward to the 2016 North Sea Tall Ships Regatta in Blyth. Here’s an image from the 2010 event in Hartlepool. A stormy start for the Parade of Sail shows the Dutch Schooner ‘Oosterschelde’ just before a cloud burst ! “The three-masted topsail schooner ‘Oosterschelde’ is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that […]