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Passing The Ferrol Castillos

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Passing The Ferrol “Castillos”. 24 x 36 oil/canvas

( Text From “Penny Illustrated”)
“The crew of the unique ship Cleopatra (Encasted in iron body monument “Needle of Cleopatra”) consisted of eight men and Captain Henry Carter; and she left Alexandria, in tow of the Olga, on Sept. 21, 1877. Safely through the Mediterranean did the Olga tow the Cleopatra; but a gale in the Bay of Biscay, on Sunday, October 14, placed the Cleopatra in such jeopardy that a boat’s crew from Olga went to her assistance, and six men were unfortunately drowned.

The little ship was thrown on her side, and, after an anxious night for the men in a perilous position, the Olga next morning took the crew on board, and left the Cleopatra to the tender mercies of any passing mariner.
The steamer Fitzmaurice, bound for Valencia, fell in with the derelict, and towed her into the harbour at Ferrol, whence (duly made sea-fit by Captain Carter and a picked English crew) the Cleopatra started for England, in tow of the Channel steam-tug Anglia, on Tuesday morning, Jan 15, 1878.

The Anglia was equal to the occasion. She steamed past Margate at half past four on Sunday afternoon with the ‘cylinder ship’ in tow, ‘all well;’ and on Monday reached the haven already mentioned (East India Dock).”

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15th January 1878,07:35 AM Anchor hove up and 08:00 AM “Cleopatra” on short hawser to tugboat “Anglia” passing forts (“San Felipe” and “La Palma”) on entry to Ferrol Harbour.
· Date: Fri, 13 September 13 · Views: 273
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Stephen J. Card

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Fri, 13 September 13 20:03

Marek,

BEAUTIFUL! Am must a fine canvas. Love the forts..... the sky and the fine waters also.

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marek sarba

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Fri, 13 September 13 22:27

Hello Stephen, few days past.Thank You much. Lot of fun searching for many answers like : color of the “Cleopatra”, sun position, where actually was hawser attach on “Cleopatra” ? and much more. My best

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nhp651
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Sat, 14 September 13 03:44

did she have two sister ships called Titan and Hercules. her funnel configuration seems very much the same as those ships had.

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marek sarba

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Sat, 14 September 13 08:24

“Anglia”, built 1866, nick name "Three Fingered Jack”, L 144.4’ . The other sister tugboats are not known to me.

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Donald E. Meek
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Sat, 14 September 13 10:00

Magnificent work. I thought it was an 'old master' that had been brought to light! Behold! It's a new master! Superb. Donald.
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Stephen J. Card

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Sat, 14 September 13 11:47

Marek...

You an 'old' mater also!!! ;-)

The small castle and wall etc..... Stobart would be proud better that yours!

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marek sarba

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Sat, 14 September 13 15:21

Thank You Gentleman. I visited on my ships most of larger harbors of Spain but never in Ferrol corner, so one more thing to study, more challenge for armchair seaman.

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Sat, 21 September 13 03:44

Lovely painting Marek!

Willem Johan.
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