Here’s a cool picture of a small(!) barque that I came across somehow on the net. Couldn’t find any info about the picture, but it’s scribbled a few things on it that’s barely readable: Long boat of …frigate, naval, 40 feet… is everything that i can read. If anybody have more information about the picture, it would be nice to hear. It’s indeed funny, however. It really looks like quite an intricate and well-built barque rig. The guys standing on the rail looks clearly jolly and who wouldn’t, sailing on this little beaut. The dolphin striker can really make up for it’s name here though. Watch out sea living smiling jumpers or else this one might get you.
One can only imagine how it must be sailing it.
It makes me think of two fairly new additions to the world’s tall ship fleet. The English little brigs. Quite literally, they are small ships. T.S. Bob Allen and Caroline Allen are 9 meter, or 30 feet long (water line) and carries six square – and in total ten sails on their two masts.
The Little Brig Sailing Trust has specially designed the steel vessels to serve as sail training ships for young people – which for them means from ten years and up. The benefits with these small ships they say is of course lower running costs, since berths, maintenance and everything is cheaper for a small boat, so even the building.
They also call it “the fastest way to introduce someone to square rig sailing”. Which may or may not be the case.
Everyone who sailed on a square rigger and then went small boat sailing might be familiar with the urge to over rig the boat. Set more sails! Here, we are scheming to make our dinghy a bowsprit and a jib – and of course a yard with a top sail.
I remember enjoying fine moments of life together with good friends on the Susquehanna River, right on the Mason-Dixon line, drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon and hoisting our cotton square top above all the plastic. She drawed nicely and added quite a bit.
We sailed over the – thanks to the nuclear plant – warm water and went ashore at a railroad bridge’s cement pillars where large amount of drift wood had collected. Beaver teeth mark were all over those logs. There was even a whole staircase from a house and it probably had beaver teeth marks on it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole house came floating by with teeth mark gnawed deep into one corner. Impressive animals.