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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