Please be reassured that the photos below are not of me, or the family, or of any other "typical cruise" stuff. Instead, they are pictures of sailing ships. When we arrived back in Galveston, TX on April 7, the city was hosting the Tall Ships Challenge 2018 Race. This meant that there were 4 tall ships moored in the harbor. I got up early, and made sure that I got some pictures to post here on the blog (and also for myself, to be sure). So, without any further ado, let's look at some pictures of real sailing ships for a change.
|A bit nicer view than what we normally have coming into Galveston|
|Modern, but still pretty. My wife's comment was, "She looks like one of your models."|
|Look close, and you can see traces of her past.|
|This beauty is ported an hour or less from my front door.|
|Amazing how the nautical equivalent of a cardboard box|
can be such a thing of beauty.
Last up on the list is the Dutch schooner Oosterschelde. Built in 1918 as a freight carrier, her rigging was cut back after diesel engines were installed in 1930. She survived the Second World War, and was converted to a modern coastal trading vessel in 1950. In 1988 she was returned to the Netherlands and from 1988-1992 restored to her sailing appearance. She is 160 feet long, and carries 9,950 square feet of sail.
|No way to take a photo of her without a little of Elissa in the picture.|
According to the Galveston Historical Foundation website, there were two other ships there, but they weren't in the harbor at the time. They were the Lynx: http://tallshiplynx.com/ a replica built in 2001 of an American privateer from the War of 1812, and the When and If. Built in 1939, the When and If https://sailwhenandif.com/ was commissioned by George S. Patton so that he could sail around the world with his wife after the war was over.
Anyway, there you have it. A nice little break from my usual contents, but still well within the theme of the blog, I think. The ships pictured above also have websites. They are:
Oliver Hazard Perry: https://www.ohpri.org/ship/
Picton Castle: http://www.picton-castle.com/