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.  

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 […]

HMS Arethusa 1849

HMS Arethusa 1849

HMS Arethusa (originally posted February 2012) It was February 1st, a freezing cold day as I arrived at Maritima on a catch-up visit to see ships carver Andy Peters. Waterperry is quiet at this time of year and peering through the half-glazed door the workshop seemed empty, the lights on and not a soul in […]

Lord Nelson

Lord Nelson

On a recent visit to the Maritima workshop I found Andy busy working on a bust of Lord Nelson that had recently been commissioned for a private collector. He was carving it in the traditional manner as if it were to go on a ship, with perhaps a nod to the unused Dickerson design of 1859.   […]

Fortuna – Roman Goddess

Fortuna – Roman Goddess

A new carving from the workshop of Andy Peters A personal piece that Andy has altered to represent the Roman goddess ‘Fortuna’ . The figure is ‘loosely’ based on a Dutch stern carving from the 1600’s The Roman Goddess Fortuna Goddess of fortune known to the Greeks as ‘Tyche’ daughter of the Titan, Oceanus and his consort Tethys. From her hand came riches […]

Chafing Gear

Chafing Gear

THE SWEDISH SHIP GOTHEBORG Sail Amsterdam 2015 is over, the Gotheborg is sailing on to Dover, what do we do between watches? We build a Loom of course ! We made a Heddle and a Sword Beater, then using some eight sided Oak, a couple of blocks, some shackles and old Hemp ropes, we made ourselves a working loom on the Gun deck to create […]

HMS Chesapeake 1855

HMS Chesapeake 1855

“And at the bows an image stood by a cunning artist carved in wood” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) Like a guardian angel, the figurehead was for centuries the chaperone that guided and protected the ship on her way over the deep oceans to distant lands. Once a dying art,  Andy Peters is one such man […]

Hermione Gallery updated

Hermione Gallery updated

Click here to see some new images added to the gallery on the Hermione soiree of Son et Lumiere