Busy harbour circa late 1800's
Some of the finest man made objects have been crafted by the age old skills learned through many, many generations of skilled shipbuilders and some of these ships were amongst the finest ever to take to the water, you cannot fail to be moved by the sight of a fully rigged ship with full sails blowing in the wind, or a smaller type complete with sails.
The days before Steam
For many generations men would go down to the sea in ships and boats powered by the wind, with sails unfurled they would be seen all around the coast lines of the known countries of the time, a time of great exploration and many daring tales, carried out by some very brave men who fought with there life's against the awesome ocean.
Ships with Sails
Many of the fine ships did meet with sad fates but many had long and varied working life's some even surviving the two world wars, while today these great looking ships are still being built in small numbers to replicate the days gone by, while the ships look great for sure the crew would not necessarily held the same view as this was one real tough job with no frills and very real dangers.
There was no romance at sea for the crews who spent there days below the mast's, this was hard slogging work and any day could very well be your last!
Some of the Captains and officers were just brutes and it was pot luck if you ended up with a good Captain or a duffer who preferred to stay in his cabin drinking the voyage away while pilfering the cargo and the crews wages.
Awesome Sailing Ships
More ships to feature
Yes there will be many more great Sailing ships to feature as we go along so keep checking back.
Pamir was one of the famous ships from the German Flying P-Line the name given to the many windjammers of the F.Laeisz Shipping Company She was the last commercial sailing ship to battle round Cape Horn.
Built at the Blohm & Voss shipyards in Hamburg and launched in 1905.
On 21 September 1957 she got caught in Hurricane Carrie and sank off the Azores, with only six survivors rescued.
Mercator museum Ship
It is great to see that this fine old ship is still in use and visited by so many people, Named after the Flemish Cartographer Gerardus Mercator and this was in fact the last ship to be launched by the fine shipbuilders at Ramage & Ferguson in Leith, Scotland and she was finished in 1932 and handed over to the Belgian Navy for use as a Survey/Training Ship.
She is now based in the marina of Ostend, Belgium, just in front of the city hall.
HMS BOUNTY Replica Ship
She was another of the famous Flying P-Line ships, this five masted fully rigged ship, steel built by Joh. C. Tecklenborg ship yard in Germany, and launched in 1902, she was the largest five masted ship ever built.