I have been researching Teka's history. I think I am really starting to get somewhere, which is quite exciting., although there are still gaps. Decades long gaps. You can see what I've come up with so far by clicking here or navigating your way to the 'About: Teka' page. I will update that page as I find … Continue reading Bucket List: Gibraltar
As with any small home, space is an issue on a boat. This is confounded by the 'extra' things which are necessary for the nautical aspects of boat life: safety equipment, charts, radio, sails being kept inside during winter... Don't get me wrong - Teka is incredibly well designed for storage. She is a deep … Continue reading Books on Board
There are a lot of superstitions surrounding the names of boats. Naming is often done with a certain amount of pomp and ceremony, and it is considered deeply unlucky to change the name of the boat. Before our nautical dreams were made flesh we had contemplated various names. My personal favourite had been Annie's Revenge - riffing … Continue reading What’s in a name?
A lovely write up on the chap who designed our ‘Teka’
Colin Archer (22 July 1832 – 8 February 1921). He was a Norwegian naval architect and shipbuilder from Larvik, Norway. His parents had immigrated from Scotland in 1825. He was known for building safe and durable ships including possibly the most famous of all the ships he ever built, the Fram, specifically designed to get the polar expeditions of Fridtjof Nansen, and later Roald Amundsen, safely through the treacherous ice fields surrounding both the Arctic and Antarctic. Because of her strengthened multi skinned rounded hull, and with no keel protruding, she was deliberately designed in that way so as not to be trapped whenever the ice threatened to crush her. Instead she would merely be pushed up out of harm’s way.
When I was a good deal younger while still serving in the merchant marine, at the end of one particularly long voyage I had the great good fortune to…
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