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.’


the attachments to this post:

dawn treader
dawn treader

overflowing bin
overflowing bin

hms bulwark march 2011
hms bulwark march 2011

dawn treader
dawn treader

peter the great bulwark john
peter the great bulwark john


6 Comments to “Ships Real and Fantastic”

  1. Stephen says:

    Yes that is a good photo by John. I didn’t bother taking a photo of the ship because it did look a little boring, but I am disorientated by John’s photo. What is that statue? Was the photo taken from Island Gardens?

  2. Stephen – the (very weird) statue is just the other side of the Creek. If you continue the Thames Path after the bridge, (keep going right) you;ll see Czar Peter the Great with a teeny tiny head, an extremely creepy dwarf and a throne.

  3. Stephen says:

    Ah yes I have it on Google Earth now, thanks.

    I was thinking the stern of the ship in the photo was the bow !

    I have been past that weird statue, obviously didn’t make any impact upon me.

  4. Dazza says:

    Missed the ‘Matthew’ yesterday, despite a quick march to Lovells Wharf to see her/him.
    Should have walked to opposite direction, could have caught her by the barrier.

  5. If it makes you feel any better Dazza, I don’t think the ship made it as far as the barrier. if you look at the picture, I caught it just as it was turning round (didn’t get my camera out fast enough to get it exactly side-on) and that was just up by the power station.

  6. Rod says:

    Got a few pics of HMS Bulwark sailing out past my studio by the Thames Barrier yesterday http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodhunt/5546399749

    I keep an eye out & post interesting river traffic on “Things that sail past my studio window”
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodhunt/sets/72157624513635965