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There is hope for the Cutty Sark

In 1998 the last Portuguese sailing Frigate, the D. Fernando e Glória entered the Tagus river estuary passing in front of Lisbon, to moor at the 1998 World Expo in Lisbon.

Nothing to it, except she was 90% destryed in a fire in 1963, and was at sea when it happened.

She was fully restored and can now be seen in Lisbon Portugal.

So if the financing is available, the Cutty Sark may revive again. Lets all hope so.

If you want to see the recovery of the D. Fernando e Glória, please check here, its a tale of hope, romance, and courage.

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The Pilgrim also was lost due to a fire at sea in 1856

The original Pilgrim was built in 1825 at a cost of $ 50,000. Her length was a mere 90 feet compared to the average 110 feet for other vessel of the same class. The purpose of its 1834 voyage was to participate in the California cattle hide trade for her Boston owners, Bryant and Sturgis.
The Pilgrim set sail from Boston loaded with England’s manufactured goes such as shoes, foodstuffs and ironware. When she arrived along the Alta California coast, The Pilgrim would sell or trade her New England wares then procure hides from the missions and rancheros to be transported back to Boston. The Pilgrim anchored several times of San Juan Bay (Dana Point). It is not known in what other trades the Pilgrim engaged after her voyage to Alta California, Mexico. However, it is recorded that she was lost in a fire at sea in 1856. By this time the hide trade had also suffered its demise.


This is what she looks like today and she still sails


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Ya know, wouldn't it be cool, with todays energy frets, that the tend was to revert back to the day

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Let's hope the ship will be restored to all of it's former glory, so future generations can experience first hand what square rigged sailing ships were like.

My wife and I were fortunate to have sailed out of Castries, St. Lucia on the Unicorn, a small tall ship compared to Cutty Sark, but an equally glorious experience.





After taking the helm under full sail for a few miles down the coast, we stationed ourselves at the vantage point of the ship's bowsprit, where I photographed the majesty of the Piton mountains . . .


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And there's nothing that quite compares to going aloft on a square rigger. What a sad day indeed, and let's pray that she does get rebuilt.

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Sigh. Charlie, no prayers, send money ...

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TB...isn't the Unicorn the ship they used for Pirates of the Caribe?
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You know, I wasn't sure of that so looked it up - and you're right! I'll have to tell my wife that, since our sail on her of course, predated Pirates of the Caribbean. Here's a pic I snagged from a website (not mine):



It was the actual ship used in filming Roots, (newbies here may not remember that series) which was reproduced from the featured ship that brought slaves over to America from Africa during the 1800's.

We booked the sail (actually a booze cruise) which departed from Castries to Soufriere back in 2002 - was definitely the highlight of our St. Lucia vacation. The crew, ironically - local blacks dressed in period uniform, were amazing the way they swung around the yardarms and rigging - like a jungle of monkeys < G > .

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