Tall Ships Festival (1)

Posted: September 6, 2014 in History, Ships
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A visit this weekend to the Tall Ships festival at Greenwich

My first stop was Woolwich Riverfront where some of the ships are moored.

Ships moored at Woolwich Riverfront

Ships moored at Woolwich Riverfront

Lothlorien

Lothlorien

Lothlorien was built in Norway as a herring lugger in 1907. She was bought by her current owner in 1989 and underwent a 2 year conversion into a 2 masted lugger with facilities on board for corporate events. A further mast was later added to convert her into a barquentine.

Oosterschelde

Oosterschelde

Oosterschelde is the largest restored Dutch sailing ship. She was klaunched in 1918 and originally designed to carry freight, she sailed the coasts of northern Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Since her restoration she has made a round the world trip and visits to Antarctica, Japan and New Zealand. She is also a well known racer and was the winner of the Tall Ships race in 2003 as well as being placed second on two ocasions in the race of the classics.

Lady of Avenel

Lady of Avenel

Polish built, the Lady of Avenel was originally a motorised boat but was converted into a sailing ship in 1991. She is now UK registered and is named after a training ship which was fitted out by William Dowman, the man who would also purchase the Cutty Sark from its Portuguese owners and refit it as a training ship.

Mercedes

Mercedes

Mercedes was just leaving the dock at Woolwich and I would catch up with her again later in the day.

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