We have had yet another busy week. Luckily the weather seems to have turned for the better, on the whole. Apart from the brief, but apocalyptic looking storm a couple of nights ago. It might sound strange, but there is something about rushing around on deck and below, stowing things and shutting portholes, because you … Continue reading Romanticism
Some of the highs and lows of living aboard
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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April 1st 2017 Bristol harbour to Portishead Quay Marina