The Tall Ship

Once upon a time, large sail ships in the waters around Britain were not an uncommon sight. To say the least. Some contained sugar, spice and all things nice. Others contained cannons and gunpowder. Some contained black folk from Africa, on their way across the Atlantic. All of them were vital ingredients in the growth of the British Empire. I probably don’t need to explain the controversial aspects of this to you.

These days, you’re lucky to see a grand tall ship. You’re far more likely to see a fancy Sunseeker yacht, made just up along the coast at Poole. When one does blow in, it attracts quite a bit of attention. Alas, I had only my iPhone with me. Better than nothing, but I’d have preferred to have had my Fuji with the 200mm zoom lens. Such is life.

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  • I suppose you have Tall ship regattas from time to time? There have been a few in my neck of the woods, there was one in 2008 and I found a few shots I had taken. They sometimes go to Vancouver or Seattle which are fairly close distance wise. Unfortunately I arrived just when they were closing so I didn’t get close ups of the ships!
    I’ll post a few on F/B.

    • There are regattas and special events. I’ve never been to one though. Nor happened to see one when passing by happenstance. Maybe one day. I liked your photos on Facebook though. Perhaps I should see if there’s an event locally this summer.

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