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H.M.S. CALEDONIA.

H.M.S. CALEDONIA.

EX White star line Majestic, this picture shows the 32ft cutters in position.(A deck)

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As an ex Cale boy of a different era, 1954-57, these are fascinating photographs. I served my practical Shipwright apprenticeship onboard HMS ARTIFEX which was in the basin in a similar position to the old CALEDONIA on the outside wall. Sailing a 32ft cutter (Cox, mate, up to ten crew)was hard work but with a good wind an exhilerating sail, the nearest we ever got to the days of sail (my preference the 27ft whaler was a different story).
Gil.
 

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