Sailing ships

john strange
14th March 2009, 05:52
Was in Williams Town Melbourne on Monday when the 'Spirit of Mystery' docked. For those of you not familiar with this craft she is a 36ft Cornish Lugger. Built as areplica of the original one thta sailed from Newlyn Cornwall on 18thNovember 1854. Then she sailed with a crew of seven traveling via Cape Town where she delivered mail for the post office. This replica sailed with a crew of only four travelling the same route. Two days before ariving she was hit by a very heavy sea rolling through 90 degrees. as a result one of the crew broke a leg. To have sailed such a vessel all that way was an achievement, and an even bigger one back in 1854. She will stay in Australian waters for a while, going to Sydney for the boat show then down to Tasmania for a while.

Pompeyfan
14th March 2009, 10:57
Some info here about the building of her, and sailing from Cornwall.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall/content/articles/2008/06/20/people_petegoss_feature.shtml

http://yachtpals.com/spirit-of-mystery-4102

http://news.google.co.uk/news/url?sa=t&ct2=uk%2F0_0_s_1_0_t&usg=AFQjCNH7eQDfCg9rYDZd5W2ZV33BQaS9tQ&cid=1311100533&ei=D4C7ScCUDoWOwwGP5snFAw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.timesonline.co.uk%2Ftol%2Fspo rt%2Fmore_sport%2Fsailing%2Farticle5877147.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4481132.ece

David