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September 2019



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North America

Seems like a good day to post on this theme! I hope those of you in the relevant part of North America are having a good celebratory day.

This is the replica ship built in Bristol in 1996, in time to to repeat John Cabot's voyage to 'America' in 1497 for it five hundredth annivesary: the Matthew. It may not be a perfect copy (there are no detailed records of the Matthew), but her tonnage is known, and that she was sailed by only 18 men, so this is the right type and size of ship. Their landing point is disputed, but is likely somewhere on Newfoundland. (I love the wikipedia notes that Cabot claimed the land for the King of England, but also raised papal and Venetian banners. *g* Bet-hedger.)

Bristol2011 015 Cabot detail

I don't usually post photos here which have been edited, but I have to confess this is a cropped out and tweaked version of the original (below the cut). The Matthew is so tiny compared with the SS Great Britain next to her, and it was such a dark day, and I was taking this photo from an open topped bus, so I thought the Matthew deserved a little special treatment, or you might not even see her!

Bristol2011 015


Yeah, when you see the whole picture, it's understandable why you made the cut! Looks like it was a blustery day.

(Whenever I hear the name John Cabot, I always think of a t-shirt my wife used to have that had a drawing of his ship sailing off the {flat} edge of the world with "He Defied the Italians" written under it...) :)
It was literally the last day that year that they were running the Bristol bus tours, and believe me, I understood why. (Though it was a lot of fun on the top deck with about ten other hardy types, covered in waterproofs, scarves, hats, nice warm cups of tea...) One of those days when all photos look gloomy, even if it's not so dark IRL. But I was glad to have seen the Matthew all the same.
Yeah, a lot of my photos of Colorado look cloudy and somewhat gloomy, but it was really very nice (it was June).
One forgets how small some of those ships were...amazing to think how far and long they sailed. Thanks for sharing this--it's something I might never have see otherwise.
Isn't it startlingly small? Especially when you see it in context of the Victorian harbour, which itself isn't that huge by modern standards. Those 18 crewmen did something pretty amazing.
It is quite scary the tininess of ships that sailed the world.
When I got aboard the replica of the Mayflower, I was astonished at how relatively small it was. How tiny to be on the vast ocean. How cramped to be in the hold with all those people!