September 05, 2007
What a Bargain!
No, this isn't an ad: just an observation.
Barbary pirates from the 17th century have inspired a former Royal Navy
commander to spend 12 years converting an Arctic trawler into a £6
million replica pirate ship, which is now set for its maiden voyage.
Mr Neilson plans to use the vessel for adventure holidays for families. The 11-week maiden voyage, which is available to people of all ages, will include visits to several countries and four weeks in the Caribbean. The cost is between £2,000 and £3,000.
Three grand for 11 weeks at sea? Got to be one of the best bargains available.
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Bargain? Maybe. I guess it depends on what the package entails.
I seems to remember that the Navy used to have to kidnap people to sail similar vessels.
Posted by: The Remittance Man | Sep 5, 2007 10:52:14 AM
You think that someone might make a replica of a Bristol slaver so people can recreate the nostalgia of the middle passage and the triangular trade?
Same thing, isn't it?
Posted by: Chris Harper (Counting Cats) | Sep 5, 2007 11:26:09 AM
Depends how "realistic" it is...
Three grand to spend eleven weeks eating hardtack, weevil-ridden bread and drinking stagnant water, then coming home with a nice case of scurvy might not seem such a bargain after all.
Posted by: pogo | Sep 5, 2007 11:28:17 AM
What the hell is he on about?
The photo shows a square rigged ship with a fore and aft sail on the mizzen.
Barbary coast vessels ran Lateen rigs which could be goose winged for running before the wing very fast (Lateen-main sails rigged fore and aft; goose winged- one 90 deg to port, one 90 deg starboard) This looks like a Brig's rig.
Many Barbary pirates also had oars, rowed by slaves-at least in the Med.
Posted by: Robert the Biker | Sep 5, 2007 5:30:47 PM
Oh, I'm looking for a few people to sail my Ketch (two masts, fore and aft rig) back here from Panama. Rather than ask money, I will PAY THEM to do it (I simply cannot devote the time at the moment).
This is not a piss take.
Posted by: Robert the Biker | Sep 5, 2007 5:33:39 PM
And yes, I did read the article, it just seems that what he is describing is not what he built.
Posted by: Robert the Biker | Sep 5, 2007 5:43:12 PM