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Old 23rd July 2019, 20:57
Bill Morrison Bill Morrison is offline  
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Farewell to Topsails (1937)

I saw this today on Talking Pictures T.V. CH.81 U.K.
Farewell to Topsails (1937) and thanks to Youtube you can see it on the Net.

The vessels mentioned Katie, Mary Barrow & Alert are covered in some detail in the publication Coastwise Sail by John Anderson (1948) which can still be bought on the Internet at moderate cost and well worth a read.
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Old 23rd July 2019, 21:28
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Thanks very much. Very enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the working of the pump action windlass aboard the Katie. There is a well illustrated article on the Katie in "Westcountry Sail" by Michael Bouquet, who sailed as a deckhand aboard her.

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Old 23rd July 2019, 22:03
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BRILLIANT!!!!! I believe the WATERWICH was the last of them.

I've been down to the clay loaders. Lovely place to visit. I can feel a good painting coming!

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Old 23rd July 2019, 22:24
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Great video.
Just looking up at a print of a painting of the sail training topsail schooners, Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller in which I sailed as volunteer crew. Recollect our captain short tacking MM up a narrow waterway with the keel sometimes touching on the go-about. One was impressed. (Should have inserted 'kin before impressed). Aahh.

I do have a feeling that we may end up back there one day - I hope not but . . . . .
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Old 24th July 2019, 16:48
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A joy to watch thanks for showing such a wonderful film on the top sail history,the film was made a year before I was born and the quality was excellent .On the China clay side I was on the Anglian mid fifties and we loaded China clay for Genoa in Fowey a great little port ,when we were there we met up with the crew of an Air Sea Rescue vessel what a bunch of charecters I recon they had cornered the lobster market as that was a sideline they used the launch for ,good pubs there as well,the only downside was if it had rained the quay was like a skating ring.
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Old 25th July 2019, 22:17
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Thanks for posting this, Bill, it was great to watch.I think the sails of the "Katie" told just how tough this trade was for a sailing vessel when the film was made, like patchwork quilts.......

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Old 26th July 2019, 07:53
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A very nice video Bill, Thanks for posting it.

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