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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

Here's a slightly clearer picture.
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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

The prominent building is the Church of St Mary the Virgin, by the Hythe, Maldon, Essex.
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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

Well, I had the "sex" part right.....
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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

Well done Fallard... I'd never have found that - looking more coastal, not 'up the river' (No paddle )
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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

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Well, I had the "sex" part right.....
There are several sexes in England – Err, never mind.

I was just about to add some more clues. Congratulations!

Maldon, on the tidal estuary of the Blackwater was home to several boat yards, best known of which was Cook’s Yard (the black building you can just see in front of the church in the previous picture) who’s primary business was to build and maintain Thames Sailing Barges. It finally closed when the last shipwright retired in 1992 and is now home to a charter company that charters Thames Barges for pleasure trips. The annual barge match race series, sailed around the East and South coast of England is the second oldest sailing race (after the Americas Cup) and is still a sight to behold.

My folks used to run a pub, opposite to a working quay about 25 miles away and I had the pleasure to meet the last few men who sailed the barges commercially. The optimum crew was “two men and a boy” but at least one old skipper used to sail singlehanded – I smile when I read “what’s the largest boat I can sail single handed”?



The American connection is that Lawrence Washington, an ancestor of George Washington is buried at All Saints Church and the Washington coat of arms is displayed in the church.

The ancient battle was the battle of Maldon in 991 when the Vikings defeated the Saxons but were persuaded not to sack the town by being paid not to do so.



Maldon is also the home of the annual Maldon Mud Race. It used to held in December or January but has now been moved to the summer for “safety reasons”. (You might as well have the clue anyway).

But Maldon's biggest claim to fame is that it is the first place that I raised a sail.

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.....But Maldon's biggest claim to fame is that it is the first place that I raised a sail.
.. and of course there's a plaque there to commemorate the event!?
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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

OK, several of the previous locations took a lot of work. Here's one that may be too easy, but you never know.

This is a view leaving a world-famous harbor with the tiniest lighthouse.

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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

Mystic Seaport?

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Bilgewater: You are close in the sense that the lighthouse at Mystic Seaport is a replica of the one shown in the previous post. The lighthouse at Mystic Seaport is about 1/4 nm from my house, whereas the original is quite a bit further away.
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Re: Contest/Game - Identify this picture

Could it be the Brant Point Lighthouse at Brant Point on Nantucket, MA?

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