Ships Real and Fantastic
This is my favourite-so-far picture of HMS Bulwark currently visiting Greenwich, overlooked by Peter the Great and his creepy dwarf from the Deptford side. John took that one; my own pic is nowhere near as interesting.
I was rather hoping to get to see the display of capabilities but Proper Work got in the way. Still, she was there all weekend so I took a walk down to Wood Wharf to see her, along with about a million other people, judging from the state of the bins
I wonder how many people also saw a rather more fabulous affair though – the Dawn Treader, no less:
Actually, she is just an actress playing the role of the Dawn Treader – in reality she’s the Matthew, a replica historic ship based in Bristol. Back in 1997 she, like her Tudor namesake in 1497, crossed the Atlantic (the original carried John Cabot, who discovered Newfoundland) and still sails at least some of the Seven Seas (though given the lack of sails yesterday, I’m guessing there’s a motor in there too these days) if the price is right. Sadly the sojourn up the Thames was just what they describe as ‘whistle-stop.’
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