Saturday, 12 June 2010

Captain Bligh at Beale Park

Captain Bligh and some mutton bint made their appearance at Beale Park with a reproduction of the boat in which Bligh made one of the most remarkable voyages of all time, 4,000 miles from Tofua to Timor. The display was from the last exhibition at the Eyemouth Maritime Centre, now home to the former Exeter collection.
On the lake, the Portsmouth-based Historical Maritime Society (HMS - geddit?) rowed their Selway-Fisher-designed frigate's boat around. The stroke rate is geological and the timing is distinctly octopusoidal, and would benefit from a sharp lash of 19th century Naval discipline. The video clip starts with the incredible steam-powered Henley umpire's boat Consuta in the foreground.

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