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365 week 52 Thursday

As you can see-this boat's name used to be Our Tracy.

She is now called Cair Vie -'Fair Wind' - which is what her crew want every time they leave harbour.

ETA; Actually she is in the forefront of this other photo taken at a different time - you can see where her new name is written ven if you will have to take my word for what it is!

Week 43 Saturday


What a lovely shot! But isn't it considered bad luck to rename a ship?
It doesn't seem to bother our fishermen - or our merchantmen for that matter - it is not unusual to see the 'ghost' of the previous name painted over like that.
Cair Vie is more poetic, but I like Our Tracy because it has a whole familial history behind it.
The name change was probably for the very prosaic reason that she was sold - but it could lead to all sorts of fascinating stories!

In the past few months I have seen the Nicola Jane, the Katie Grace, and the David Liam. There was Three Sisters, and one of the best known local boats is the Master Frank. Who Master Frank was is lost in the depths of time as she was built in 1893!
I hope you enjoyed lovely times in Our Tracy.
Oh gosh,no - she wasn'tour Our Tracy - the last fisherman in our family was my great grandfather who, as a lad, farmed in the summer and fished in the winter, as was the tradition :)
I thought it was bad luck to change a boat's name ... but obviously these owners didn't think so!

Nice photos
Actually it is surprising how often you see them over-painted with new names.