"Waterwitch" off Gribben Head, Cornwall

Waterwitch was the last British engineless square rigger to trade, subject of the beautiful classic painting available as a print here, related people will be interested in the following, some others too:  Waterwitch_tweaked_colours_d.jpg

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HMS Pickle, a Leading Seaman wrote to me today.

He has in Royal Navy speak been tasked to conduct a presentation on HMS Pickle as part of a command leadership programme to be given to senior officers.  72_dpi_dispatches_with_texts__1_.png

My connection with HMS Pickle goes back a long way and includes a lengthy commission for HMS Victory which resulted in some great pictures (several available as heritage prints from page

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"Tectona", ketch, update.

Tectona” which in a small way www.frickers.co.uk helped save is now once again working as a sail training vessel in Plymouth, operated by the Island Cremyll Trust.

Tectona takes disadvantaged young people on life-changing working voyages including some for people with drug problems.

The painting which you can click on for a larger image illustrated here is for sale. Tec_IMG_4260_14.11.08_d.jpg

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Laperouse entering Botany bay, oil sketch

By a huge coincidence, an extraordinary chance meeting, the ships of Laperouse encounter the First Fleet, some under weigh, others still at anchor as they prepare to move to Port Jackson to start in earnest a colony at Sydney Cove.

Working from original fine quality drawings made by of their ships by the French officers, their journals and the journals of the British we have here a representation of the French ships quite unlike the work of any other marine artist. Laperouse_arriving_at_Botany_Bay___sketch_IMG_0872_d.JPG

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