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