The Age Of Sail

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  1. Soul Tramp

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    Wiscasset Maine is a beautiful town that everyone drives through when traveling along coastal Rt 1.

    Back in the 1930's two schooners were abandoned on the shoreline right next to the highway. And there they sat until finally succumbing to the elements in the 1990's.

    For decades I marveled at them whenever driving past. You couldn't help but think of times past when "men were made of iron and ships were made of wood".

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    That's pretty neat. Succumbed to the elements? I think they were not sea worthy for some time :) did they take them out and sink them?
     
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    It’s pretty damn amazing what was achieved under the power of sail.

    Cheers
     
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    By the 90's they were nothing more than a pile of debris, unrecognizable. They were trucked to a landfill. It was during the 70's and 80's that I drove that route. You could see them morph from ships to rubble year by year.
     
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    Whenever I read an Aubrey-Maturin novel I'm forcefully reminded how we modern USN types ain't really sailors- THOSE were sailors.
     
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    They may be gone now, but those are beautiful photos of them while they were still there. Thank you for sharing! :)
     
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    I can remember going up (down) to Wiscasset (25 mins from my home) and taking tons of pictures of those boats, when we were kids. I was always fascinated by them. To me, as a kid, they were like ghost ships.

    My dad is a talented photog. There at least a couple of his black and whites of those very ships in their home.

    In that photo of the ship being built, you get a sense of what was once referred to as "Mast" pines... Before the Revolution, the King's men would go throughout the forests of Maine (and the other Colonies) and mark the tallest straightest pines with the King's Blaze. There are still a few around, I have seen them while hunting in the woods.
     
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    That's pretty cool! I've always been fascinated by sailing. If anyone hasn't seen Master and Commander, go watch it now! A great story of when "men were made of iron and ships were made of wood". Even the kids were little badasses back then. If it weren't for Gladiator, I'd say it was Russell Crowe's best movie.
     
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    I was born and raised in East Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
    In my youth Boothbay was a fishing village, much different than the tourist attraction it is now.
    My Father was a lobsterman with his own boat and traps. I was raised on boats.
    Ever since I saw my first tall ship.
    It was a replica of the America,
    I knew one day I would sail the world.
    I joined the Navy on my 17th birthday.
    I've sailed across the Atlantic twice. Have logged over 20,000 nautical miles travelled.
    And crossed the equator.
    Been to most ports in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

    8 years in the Navy. 17-24. Great way to grow up.
     
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    I lived on my 36' sailboat for 2yrs.

    Kind of a golden time in my life.

    I miss that boat...
     
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    I have considered living on a boat for a while. Back in the late '90s, I was going to buy a boat to be my office. The IRS doesn't have any rules against having a boat for an office. I might revisit those ideas.
     
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    My family had a 30' sailboat and I worked and crewed on tons of boats and one warship. I have a respect for sailboats, builders and sailors that I can't really put into words.

    LOVE the whole life.

    My favorite sailing ship ever: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluenose
     
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    This is the stuff of novels it's so awesome. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    If I could be reborn as any kind of man, it would be a sailor.
     
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    I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Every summer we have the Parade Of Sail, when the tall ships come to town. VERY impressive.
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    If you're ever in Portsmouth, England, HMS Victory is an amazing ship. Remember touring her in the 80's like it was yesterday.
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    I visited Halifax recently, the tall ships are definitely something to see if you get the chance.
     

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