ex Comet II

treeve
26th June 2007, 10:51
Whilst not actually a Tall Ship, she has aspirations in that direction.

Have just placed three photos of ex Comet II, with a question re
the rigging. But being in the FV gallery, I realise it would probably
not be seen by those to whom the question is aimed.

Please can anyone offer any opinions and information as to
the mast, spars and rigging?

K urgess
26th June 2007, 11:14
It looks like a bit of sail would turn it over!(EEK)
Isn't a square-rigged single master a bit over the top.
Could it be for training or rigging demonstrations?

treeve
26th June 2007, 15:31
Hi Kris, that was my thought, a bit too much up top
for the size of the hull, and masses of sheets to the
forrard. At the moment the boom to the rear of the mast
looks as if it will sweep the wheel deck clean of crew.
Not at all sure as to how the timber will take to a full
on gale, anyway. Remains to be seen, as the archaeologist
said to the mummy.

stein
28th June 2007, 21:12
Oh my! Should have stayed away from here. Makes me remember this scare film of the spider high on LSD. What on earth is this for? Regards, Stein.

treeve
28th June 2007, 22:52
I haven't seen anyone to ask, mind you I am not quite sure how to ask it or what to ask ... it all looks rather worrying to me ... one of those pirate ships.

Steve Hodges
29th June 2007, 20:29
Treeve, can you tell us where this thing is? any chance that it might have been put together like this for film or TV work? If so, I hope they're not going to take it to sea for the filming.

jleask
29th June 2007, 21:19
this vessel was originaly built in 1971 buy iversen's in norway as the comet LK253 for shetland owners before being sold to ireland.

treeve
30th June 2007, 00:07
Hi Steve, the work has been progressing in Penzance wet dock
for something like 18 months. I have various pictures of her in
my gallery. Fellow SN members have added details of her life.

Steve Hodges
14th July 2007, 22:09
Hi Steve, the work has been progressing in Penzance wet dock
for something like 18 months. I have various pictures of her in
my gallery. Fellow SN members have added details of her life.


Treeve,
Looked through all 51 pages of your gallery , but can't find any more pictures of this. Where am I going wrong?
Steve

treeve
14th July 2007, 22:47
I thought there were 85 pages ... 1013 pics.
I will have alook for the others and get back later ...
All best, Raymond

treeve
15th July 2007, 01:00
Hi Steve,
in all seriousness, I really am interested in just
what the intention is and how she will sail ...
I am always in awe of those who can design
a ship and have her rigged, just about knowing
whether or not she will take kindly to the water.
Details on the pics attached ...
Best Wishes, Raymond

Steve Hodges
16th July 2007, 21:33
Hi Steve,
in all seriousness, I really am interested in just
what the intention is and how she will sail ...
I am always in awe of those who can design
a ship and have her rigged, just about knowing
whether or not she will take kindly to the water.
Details on the pics attached ...
Best Wishes, Raymond

Raymond,
I'm struggling - I've tried to follow your instructions, but there is only a search function for the Gallery and there is no Fishing Vessel section listed. Also, the Gallery search does not respond to Comet, Comet II, Comet 2 or Comet 11 under your name. Has your personal gallery been trimmed without you knowing? I can't enlarge the thumbnails that you posted, and I want to take a better look - this bloody thing is now becoming an obsession! - so can you send them to me with a PM, please?
Regards
Steve

K urgess
16th July 2007, 23:09
Steve
You probably haven't subscribed to the fishing gallery. They're all listed in that gallery under "comet ii".
Go to user control panel and select group memberships from the left hand menu. Join the fishing group and then do a search in the gallery.

Cheers
Kris

Steve Hodges
17th July 2007, 11:13
Kris,
Thanks, mate, that's got me sorted, now I can see the thing in all its glory! Pirates of the Caribbean indeed! Quite a mystery - clearly someone is spending a lot of time , effort and money on it, but what is being produced seems to be a pastiche of a real square-rigger (with a miniature heli-pad on the stern!). My first thought is that it is intended for speculative freelance film work - if it was for a specific film it would all have been finished, used, and chopped off again by now.
Surely they can't intend to sail it? I've only got a very limited knowledge, but from the photo it looks to me like if they hoisted sail on the topmost yard it would turn the thing over. Maybe it's intended as some sort of seaside attraction, where you pay your money to walk over it and look at waxwork pirates?
Anyway, I am now intrigued - if I get down that far on business I will make a point of seeking it out.
Treeve - if you learn any more about it please keep us posted.
Regards
Steve