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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 May 2015, 02:18
Practicing for his attempt to cross the Atlantic while standing on a log, Chris...it is obvious!
Chris: It is, isn't it Ray. I'd happily join him but I have several mouths to feed at home and cannot be excused..
Why not Chris...

i love that beautiful tall ship... all natural wood....petersmile
Chris: It s a working replica of the Matthew Peter.
Matthew is a replica of a caravel sailed by John Cabot in 1497 from Bristol to North America, presumably Newfoundland. After a voyage which had got no further than Iceland, Cabot left again with only one vessel, Matthew, a small ship (50 tons), but fast and able. The crew consisted of only 18 people. Matthew departed either 2 May or 20 May 1497. He sailed to Dursey Head (latitude 51°36N), Ireland, from where he sailed due west, expecting to reach Asia. However, landfall was reached in North America on 24 June 1497. His precise landing-place is a matter of much controversy, with Cape Bonavista or St. John's in Newfoundland the most likely sites.

Cabot went ashore to take possession of the land, and explored the coast for some time, probably departing on 20 July. On the homeward voyage his sailors incorrectly thought they were going too far north, so Cabot sailed a more southerly course, reaching Brittany instead of England. On 6 August he arrived back in Bristol.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 21 May 2015, 06:04
And against the flow..........
Chris: Some people spend their lives doing that Lisl..
It is cheaper than a boat?
Chris: Depends on the boat, ,and the cost to one's health & dignity
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 May 2015, 06:50
Haha - it is his personal decision - we are in Bristol's old Floating Harbour!
Chris: We are indeed Philine. I shall be back there later today, camera in hand, disguised as a confused & harmless old man..
Why not?! I think it looks like fun... Love that big wooden boat!!
Chris: Please read my reply to Peter regarding the wooden boat Elizabeth
Wow - I didn't expect such info - how great is that!
Because you thought, 'how odd that so,done should choose to stand on a pice of wood in a city harbour and attempt to paddle himself around', that's why Tiff.
Chris: Thank you Chad
Perhaps he is having trouble achieving balance in his life. This is the recommended treatment.

I watched this replica come into the harbour in St. Johns for the 500th anniversary on television. Queen Elizabeth was in the crowd. It was on 24 June and the weather could not have been more ferocious and cold. She earned her money that day! If you can find a Youtube of the event give it a look. I would like to see it again too.
Chris: I will take a look Mary
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 May 2015, 12:53
Perhaps the bridges were closed and there was no ferry? I'd like to have a go at such antics; mind you; it would have to be in millpond conditions, though. Hopefully the big crane will hook him out if it all goes wrong.
Chris: When you eventually retire you will have time for all these sorts of things: in the meanwhile the country is in dire peril and you have to save it!
I think your title about sums up this shot Chris. Interesting history of the ship.
Chris: Thank you Brian: I wouldn't personally like to cross the Atlantic in a thing like this..
Because it's there?
Chris: Of course Tom: stupid question really..
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 May 2015, 20:48
Is that Richard Trim circumnavigating the coastline on a surf board!?! Mad as a bag of badgers.
Chris: An intriguing thought but I suspect this is beyond Trimmy's abilities, as indeed it would be well beyond my own..
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 21 May 2015, 21:48
I hate exhibitionists
Chris: So do I!
Why not?
Chris: Just a personal thing, I wouldn't do that for all the tea in China, as we say in the UK Larry

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