The Gipsy Moth IV in Greenwich Part 2

Last week we were looking at a couple of pics that Gerald Dodd took in 1967 when the Queen came to Greenwich to knight Sir Francis Chichester.

Well, today, we’re skipping five years in Greald’s photo album. Sir Francis has passed on, and his ketch, the Gipsy Moth IV, is homeless. Since Greenwich already has the Cutty Sark, it seems like a good idea to keep her at Greenwich as a place for rest and a tourist attraction (great plans and all that…)

Gerald was there with his trusty camera, of course, taking time out from being a porter at Dreadnought Hospital, as she arrived in town, towed by a rather splendid truck, around the outside of the market to her not-very-final resting place on Greenwich Pier. Interesting to see that the one-way system appears to be in place and that that bloomin’ bus stand is a bottleneck even then (though the days of buses going to Victoria are long gone…)

I love that we can see exactly where Gerald stood – just down the way from opposite the (then) Cricketers pub.

I imagine progress would have been pretty slow. I hope that Austin (1100? I’m not brilliant at 70s cars…) wasn’t following the entire journey from Lymington…)

You know – we get quite a lot of odd sights along that piece of road (especially this year – Marathon, Jubilee, Kings Troop, Olympics, drag race, all sorts…) but this has to be one of the oddest.

Next time – what happened when the GMIV reached her destination…


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6 Comments to “The Gipsy Moth IV in Greenwich Part 2”

  1. Fatty Fatty BumBum says:

    Another oddity captured by these wonderful pictures is the “Free Car Park” sign in the fifth photo. There is probably more chance of seeing the Gipsy Moth IV hauled though the streets of Greenwich again than there is of ever seeing one of these artefacts in our town centre again ;)

  2. Stephen says:

    Super photos, but why did it go around the one way system away from its berth?

  3. Franklin says:

    Lap of honour? ;-)

  4. RogerW says:

    I should probably wait till the next part of the story, but I remember my parents taking me to see the Gipsy Moth IV, at Greenwich, and – unless my memory is fooling me – we were actually able to go on board and walk through it.
    I can still recall, as a kid, thinking that the name Francis Chichester had a good ring to it: can’t say I ever thought the same way about Chay Blyth.

  5. Pedro says:

    Fantastic picures. I also have a vague memory of going on board as well, but my dad isn’t around any more to help verify that. It would have been a few years after this though.

  6. JOF says:

    A little harsh on Chay Blyth, RW. I think the single syllables give the name an incisiveness appropriate to an adventurer, like Dan Dare.