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  1. Charles W. Morgan Much later than period, but... The Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in the world, departed Mystic, CT for the first time since she was towed there in 1941. She has been made seaworthy after a long and extensive overhaul and the Mystic Seaport museum is actually taking her to sea. She departed this weekend from Mystic to New London, CT in order to complete her ballasting and rigging, as well as become certified by the Coast Guard for this voyage along the New England coast. Sure, she's much later than the GAoP, but still would be an incredible sight underway.
  2. Good News from Picton Castle!

    After Astrid, Wyvern and Bounty's demises, it's nice to hear a story of success on the high seas. The Picton Castle rescued a stricken yacht and the work of the chief mate and engineer allowed them to continue on their voyage as planned, instead of abandoning ship. Tall ship sailors can be professionals! Of course, in my opinion, they usually are, but just don't make the news until there's a disaster and then their whole career is put under a microscope. It's great to hear the other side of the coin once in a while.
  3. The Life of a Reproduction Ship The above link provides an outline of the original histories of HMS Rose and HMS Surprise, as well as the building, purpose, and changes of the replica Rose/Surprise throughout her lifetime. It's an extremely revealing insight to many of the replica sailing vessels and their organizations. I can think of very few tall ships that have not had a change of mission/purpose at some point in their careers. In short, the HMS Rose was built in 1970 to participate in the bicentennial celebrations in 1976, but was unable to participate the OpSail'76. She was a dockside attraction for many years. In the mid-late 80's she was upgraded to become a sail training ship, finally receiving her certification in 1991. In 2001, she was sold for the movie Master and Commander and converted to HMS Surprise. Many of the specific conversions are outlined in the above .pdf file, and I personally noted that there was increased weight aloft, increased windage (bulking up the wire rigging to look like natural rope) and added sails. I'm not sure if any ballast was added to counteract this weight/windage aloft. After the movie was made, she was permanently loaned to the San Diego Maritime Museum for display and use, in exchange for upkeep. In 2007, after a few more upgrades, she was again given a USCG certification as a sail training vessel and dockside attraction. One thing that I really liked them pointing out was the change of the boat's missions and certifications throughout the years. This is very similar to the HMS Bounty that we've discussed so much here since her sinking. For a more in depth analysis of the hazards to these changing missions, I'd recommend reading Tall Ships Down (Parrott) for anyone even contemplating building or adapting a boat for replica/reenacting purposes. Personally, I think it would be wonderful if Surprise were to increase their sailing range and perform a sail training circumnavigation over the course of a few years, but that might be asking quite a bit for an older wooden boat that seems to be paying her bills while primarily sitting dockside with Star of India. One can dream, though!
  4. Another Tall Ship Down

    The brig Astrid ran aground near Cork and sank shortly after leaving port. The reports state that an engine failure, combined with strong wind and current were the culprits. All 30 crew and trainees were evacuated safely, and now she is holding fast to the rocks with little movement. surveyors and divers are apparently going to consider possible salvage of the nearly 100 year old vessel, but it's too soon to make any real predictions along that front.