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Tall Ships Pictures 2 years 5 months ago #86

  • Marek Antoszewski
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The Parade of Sail was 'memorable' The sight of so many different sailing vessels against the background of The Shard and Canary Wharf did give it a unique almost surreal setting...



I watched the DM motor upstream without a sail in sight, past Greenwich Pier and do a three point turn to have her pointing downstream. Whilst waiting for the procession of Tall ships to take position behind, some of her sails were hoisted. She was too far away to reveal how they were hoisted but I have found the following clip which shows how it's done...



By the by, many crews of the Tall Ships engaged with the spectators, each in their own way. Some waved. Some performed Mexican Waves ( proving to be very popular with the crowds ). One vessel, the Shtandart thought it appropriate to fire cannonballs at us !!
( She is a replica Russian flagship ) Good job they are lousy shots !! They missed us.



I did find the most impressive views were head on with full sail.
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Tall Ships Pictures 2 years 5 months ago #85

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A selection of pictures from the Tall Ships moored between Woolwich and Greenwich are in my DropBox folder at www.dropbox.com/sh/ft7bz9t2f95y7y7/AAD15...aUFBLt-FL6ED5ia?dl=0
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Tall Ships 2 years 5 months ago #83

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My visit was very much a first reccy as I had an appointment in London Bridge and decided to take advantage of 'popping across'. Chatting to spectators I also heard that there were more ships by the Dome and I definitely will go back for a proper visit.
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Tall Ships 2 years 5 months ago #82

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Val and I went first to Woolwich which had more of the tall ships, and the artillery museum 'Firepower', which was a well spent hour.
Johnny Depp ignored us, so we returned the complement.
It was quite a walk to see all the Greenwich moored ships, some near Cutty Sark, the Polish ship (and star of the show) 10 minutes up the peninsula and a bunch more (access closing at 6pm) near the dome.
Even with token sails up I think all boats remained under power - it's a busy, narrow and dangerous commercial shipping channel.
The sight of some of the boats underway and floodlit motoring to see the fireworks made up for not seeing them in full sail. At best the fireworks themselves were a bit spastic.
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Tall Ships - Been there ! 2 years 5 months ago #81

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So I went to Greenwich on Friday afternoon to see a selection of Class A Tall Ships. As I got off the train I felt a thrill to see the top of a couple of Ship masts just visible behind buildings.



You have to look hard to spot them, but that added to the thrill. I couldn't wait to reach the river and walked very briskly along Greenwich HIgh Street, my pace increasing as I got closer. And then.... my heart dropped ! ( bit of dramatic licence ) The masts I had seen belong to the Cutty Sark. Always an awesome sight, but.. not what I was expecting.. Still with great respect.. here she is ...



I call this one ' Learning the Ropes '



By comparison the Tall Ships that I could see on the river, were a bit of a disappointment, on account of :-

a) they weren't very tall
b) there were only a few
c) Without sails, their magnificence is diminished



Something for the Ladies ??

I will admit I was taken aback ( only a bit ) at the sight of Johnny Depp strutting around in full costume, to the pleasure of the ladies ( apart from the one in a grey top, or maybe she was trying to play hard to get ?))





I was assured that today's programme will be much better, with more ships present and I fancy returning on Tuesday afternoon when I believe they will all sail out in procession.
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Tall Ships 2 years 5 months ago #80

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The correct link to the Tall Ships site is www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/tallships/site/index.php

Thanks Marek

Sorry this is scruffy, I can't see a way to edit the original
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