Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Scenes Aboard Ship

The front three triangular sails are shown in this picture. I think they might be called jibs, but Joe would know for sure. There were a couple of sets of them on Royal clipper. At sail-away time, they would be hoisted first, and then the squares would be let down later. Sail-away, as I mentioned in yesterday's post, is a majestic time, and very moving. This picture was taken just before the order was given to hoist these sails.

Moments later, the sails are unfurled, the sun is setting, the music playing, and all of the passenters are entranced.

Several flags fly on Royal Clipper. In the back (the stern?) is the flag of Luxembourg, where the ship is registered. In the bow is the Star Clippers flag, a blue triangle with three large white stars (one for each ship in the fleet). Interestingly, when the ship is in a port, as a courtesy, the flag of that country is flown. Shown here is the flag on the day we spent at St. Kitts.

Take a look at this sewing machine! This is the ship's sailmaker and he was busy on the deck each morning, repairing sails. I was fascinated -- the machine is huge and has the same basic threading as my Bernina. The captain told me that if I asked, the sailmaker would let me take a turn at the machine, but I didn't ask. You know, you have to save something for the next trip.

One thing I wondered about was how quickly the machine's bobbin ran out of thread. I never found out because I just couldn't bring myself to say to this man, "Would you show me your bobbin?" :-)



8 comments:

Nancy said...

What a fascinating trip and experience you had! I have read your posts with great interest and even visited the ship's site and viewed the photos there. I had no idea this was even a travel/cruise option. You have given me something to dream about and possibly plan. Thanks

floribunda said...

My hubby would love to get me on a trip like that, but he'd rather be sailing the boat himself -- I bet Joe is the same way! I'm not much of a sailor but I could probably be talked into it...

Mimi said...

Ohmygosh!!! You crack me up!! I don't know if I could have asked about the man's bobbin either!!!

The photos are great, but I know for sure you couldn't get me or my DH on this boat in the ocean. Maybe to cross a small river...but definitely not a big deep body of water!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Too funny.... don't know if I could bring myself to ask a stranger that question either. The photos are wonderful: thanks, Nancy! I know you had a fantastic time!

Barb said...

WOW Nancy, what fun you and hubby must have had...ahhhhh bobbin, don't think so, but the sewing machine would have been interesting :>) LOL!! Watching the sails open up would have been amazing!

kimquiltz said...

LOVE the pictures, I'm so jealous! You really know how to live, Nancy.

*karendianne. said...

That's really interesting about the flags. I'm not touchin' that Bobbin comment.

suz said...

I've always thought a cruise would be the ultimate vacation, but I think this would beat out a cruise ship any day! I remember seeing a Cinerama movie about a sailing ship that was a teaching ship and I can still recall the music (my Dad had the record of it) and that music was in the back of my mind looking at your photos. What a wonderful way to relax! I didn't think too much of your comment about the bobbin until I read the comments to your entry - which gave me giggles. Hopefully this wonderful trip took care of that cold of yours!