Eye of the Wind

John Briggs
13th February 2006, 08:58
Eye of the Wind was one of the last commercial square rigged ships to be built. She has an iron hull and was launched in 1911 in Brake, Germany, expressly for the Argentinian hide trade.

Accidently damaged by fire, she was left as a hulk in Gotenburg, Sweden. In 1973 she was purchased and lovingly restored by a group of friends. When not engaged in movie making or scientific expeditions (she was flag ship for the two year round the world project 'Operation Drake') she sails the oceans of the world with 18 paying adventurers (working passengers) and a professional crew of around 8 to 10.

One of the prettiest brigantines afloat I was fortunate enough to sail in her for a couple of months in 1983 as Master. From Honiara, other South Pacific islands and back to Sydney via the Great Barrier Reef.

I have attched a few photos.

ruud
13th February 2006, 09:26
Ahoy John,

Here her History/Details.Will bring back good memories.

http://www.tallshipstales.de/

John Briggs
13th February 2006, 09:46
Ahoy John,

Here her History/Details.Will bring back good memories.

http://www.tallshipstales.de/

Many thanks Ruud - great site!

jim barnes
13th February 2006, 09:52
Lovely pictures John, you done it, i have always fancied it, too old now,, dream on jim (Hippy)

Steve Farrow
29th September 2006, 14:35
Would I be correct in thinking that this was the ship with the grey painted hull that was laid-up in the Alexander Dock, Grimsby in the early 1970's?
Steve

John Briggs
29th September 2006, 22:54
No Steve, couldn't have been her. She first arrived in U.K. at Faversham in 1975 where she was restored before heading off on her first voyage as the Eye.