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LookingSkyward
2012-Aug-17, 11:32 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19288188

I hadn't realized that ships like this were still sailing in 1943.

As an amusing coincidence, I'm watching the series Wisguy on Hulu - the main character's name is Terranova.

Swift
2012-Aug-17, 01:14 PM
Cool.

I hadn't known the ship was "retasked" after Scott's expedition.

When they found it, did they shout "Great Scott!"

LookingSkyward
2012-Aug-17, 01:16 PM
"Great Scott!" - I certainly hope so!

molesworth
2012-Aug-17, 01:36 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19288188

I hadn't realized that ships like this were still sailing in 1943.

They're still sailing today :) I often take my holidays/vacation on a tall ship (http://www.barkeuropa.com/ - I'm even in one of the banner images!), and if the Tall Ships Races are visiting a port anywhere near you, it's definitely worth going along for a look at some amazing vessels.

Alternatively, if you meant sailing commercially, then not so much nowadays, but there was still a lot of cargo sailing right up into the late 1940's. If you can track down a copy of Irving Johnson's "Around Cape Horn", filmed in the 1920's, you'll get a glimpse of what it was like on those mighty ships...

Oh, and if you're ever in Dundee (where I work) then a visit to the Discovery is also well worth doing.

LookingSkyward
2012-Aug-17, 01:45 PM
Thanks molesworth! Yes, we toured the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain last summer, very cool for this sailor-boy! I just hadn't realized they'd been still hauling commercial into the 1940's kind of makes me glad :) I'll see if I can scorunge up "Around Cape Horn", as it sounds like fun!

Trebuchet
2012-Aug-17, 01:59 PM
I wonder if the ship still carried sailing rig by 1942? Seems doubtful.

Slightly off-topic, but I've had the pleasure of seeing both Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain out of the water at the Port Townsend boat yard. Below the waterline, Chieftain is pure late 20th century fishing vessel; steel hull, twin screws & rudders, bow thruster (I think) and all.

molesworth
2012-Aug-17, 02:18 PM
I wonder if the ship still carried sailing rig by 1942? Seems doubtful.
Aye, they were still doing it under sail, right up to 1949 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_race. Even today there are a few cargo-sailers around. One guy who sailed on Europa as first mate is a partner in a Dutch two-master doing transatlantic and Carribean trading. It's getting more popular again now that you can get an "eco-stamp" for environmentally friendly shipping :)


Slightly off-topic, but I've had the pleasure of seeing both Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain out of the water at the Port Townsend boat yard. Below the waterline, Chieftain is pure late 20th century fishing vessel; steel hull, twin screws & rudders, bow thruster (I think) and all.
They're all a bit like that nowadays, but it does make it a lot easier getting in and out of ports if you have a couple of big engines and a bow thruster to help. They still keep alive a lot of the old "marlinspike" skills of seamanship though, and they're a lot more fun to sail than modern yachts :D

Swift
2012-Aug-17, 02:26 PM
They're still sailing today :) I often take my holidays/vacation on a tall ship (http://www.barkeuropa.com/ - I'm even in one of the banner images!), and if the Tall Ships Races are visiting a port anywhere near you, it's definitely worth going along for a look at some amazing vessels.

My wife and I honeymooned on one of the Windjammer tall ships in the Eastern Caribbean back in 1990. The Windjammer line went bankrupt in the last couple of years, but I believe similar lines are still sailing in both the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coast of the US.

Trebuchet
2012-Aug-17, 02:48 PM
They're all a bit like that nowadays, but it does make it a lot easier getting in and out of ports if you have a couple of big engines and a bow thruster to help. They still keep alive a lot of the old "marlinspike" skills of seamanship though, and they're a lot more fun to sail than modern yachts :D

Lady Washington, though is not -- traditionally built wooden hull and the whole bit. Does have a small auxiliary diesel of course. She played the part of HMS Interceptor in the first Pirates of the Carribean movie.