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Heave,- Ho!

Heave,- Ho!

Finnish crew aboard Herzogin Cecilie. The Finns didn't sing, according to A.A. Hurst who sailed with them, but some sounds would be necessary to make people pull together.
She had her chartroom, seen to the right, placed aft, but her wheel midships.

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Your collection of old photos are fantastic! deep in thought, whilst studying them, one can almost get the smells and atmosphere of the occasion, these were men amongst men, real seamen, I salute them, thanks for sharing, all the best Mac.
 

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Glad you like them Mac. To some degree this picture is a fake. These guys are mostly: (1) Finns who have to get their time in sail for their officers certificate or pilot's licence (and are not all that happy about it), and (2) a motley bunch of, often upper-class, romantic adventurers who actually paid for the privilege of working in Gustav Erikson's non-insured ex-schoolships, carrying grain from Australia and ballast stones down. So, what you are seeing is something that is indeed artificial. People who do not actually want to be there, and people who only are at sea for a year of adventure. Really competetive sail-freighting with ordinary sailors who chose this life as something to carry on with, had disappeared ten, fifteen years earlier. (The basque caps are a dead giveaway for the thirties). I like those pictures for what they tell of what had gone before,- I would have liked them a lot better had they been taken 30 years before. Then you would have seen a few older men, and men that more truthfully could have been called sailing-ship-sailors. You and me and other sail-romantics will have to be thankful for what we get though. I'll be posting some more basque-capped Erikson crews in the days to come. Regards, Stein
 

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