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Moby Dick at Youghal

Moby Dick at Youghal

Copy of Richard Scott's photo of the filming of Moby Dick at the Old Market Dock, Youghal, Co.Cork, Ireland in 1954. Left to right : the Arklow schooners - "Harvest King", and "James Poslethwaite", with Major Arbutnot of Youghal's ketch - "Three Brothers", and the f

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Ryelands also starred as Hispaniola in the film of Treasure Island. Pic here of her before Hollywood beckoned: http://www.mjayland.cymru247.net/ryelands.jpg
 

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That was some really sloppy dressing of the Arklow schooners to make them look like whalers too ! If you read Alan Villiers he didn't think much of how the Ryelands was rigged either; he complained she had the lightest masts and spars and the heaviest storm canvas. There's a brief clip in the film where you can see Ishmael climbing up to the lookout point on the very topmast, and you can see the mast visibly flexing under his weight ! When sailing they always mounted a dummy at the lookout, not a real person.
 

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