Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".






Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Whilst rushing through the barbican at the weekend

I came across...............

Alec from the BBC One Show

being filmed by this chappie...

I then paused to admire this beauty.......

before my eye was caught by something unusual in the Barbican!

And having walked towards the tall masts, I came upon this special one......

A Russian tall ship on a fleeting stopover.....................

with lots of masts and rigging..........

plenty of crows nests.......................

and a rather fine mizzen sail 


quite a fierce some figure head.......

which proved to be one of many carvings on board ...........










ooohhh! They are mermaids........now I see them from a different perspective!!

the police paid a visit to admire the ship...................

whilst the crew re-tensioned the rigging

and made sail repairs.................





I suspect they will get around to repairing the scrapes...........


clearly they have bought spare timber for such eventualities.........

she sort of fitted in well with the ambiance of the old Barbican











2 comments:

Alden Smith said...

Great photos. Freydis looks like a Alan Buchanan design circa 1960s. The Russian tall ship is a very interesting boat - it would be interesting to see what she looks like on the inside.

steve said...

Thanks Alden
I couldn't get on board and she has since departed. Pity really.