Tall Ship Frederyk Chopin limps back to port after losing both masts in storm (video)

It might not be as dramatic as the footage that would have been shot during the casualty but this RNLI video of the tall ship Frederyk Chopin is a stark reminder that it’s an ocean out there!

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Earlier this year we devoted alot of coverage to the amazing story of the sinking of the tall ship Concordia which coincidently was also a Polish built ship that in the past has sailed for Class Afloat.

Very happy that this too is a story with a happy ending.

Student Survival Story from High School Tall Ship Concordia Sinking (video)

George Stroumboulopoulos, the host of the popular CBC tv show The Hour, did a terrific interview with Natasha Carruthers, a sail trainee/student aboard the high school tall ship Concordia when it sank off the coast of Brazil on February 17, 2010.  The video is a little jumpy but the audio does the job. Carruthers tells an amazing first hand account of what happened.  She’s joined by Class Afloat instructor Ryan Cleland who had recently gotten off the ship and tells what transpired in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada, the ship’s homeport.

You can find lots more on the Concordia sinking here.

World Largest Ship Models Rendezvous at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Earlier this week, Joy, Luke and I had an afterschool adventure at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, homeport of the world’s largest ship model and one of our favorite destinations. We heard that there was another world’s largest model currently laying over at the museum, a real beauty of the classic Concordia yawl.

Today’s New Bedford Standard Times has a great article about Tom Borges, the artist who built this beautiful model. He started the project in 2003 and recreated, in painstaking detail, every element of this classic yawl. Better yet, he’s designed it so that it can actually be sailed.

According to the article and the Whaling Museum’s blog, which has more information about this project, it will only be on display in the museum’s Jacob’s Gallery for the next few weeks. It really is an extraordinary work of maritime art and if you can, you should make every effort to visit the museum to experience it.  

White Squall is not as good as the tall ship Concordia story but entertaining nonetheless

I enjoy White Squall, but PLEASE note (especially parents of prospective sail trainees) many parts of it are pure fiction and over the top Hollywood. However,  it does capture the spirit of sail training and the camaraderie of going to sea.

Ridley Scott’s White Squall is a much fictionalizsd version of the true story of the Albatross, a “step” sistership to the SSV Tabor Boy, a ship on which I sailed during my 4 years of high school. Captain Dan Parrott’s great book Tall Ships Down, devotes a chapter to the Albatross and  is a must read for anyone interested in tall ships and safety at sea.

Here’s the official trailer for White Squall. Order it from Netflix before the winter’s over. It’s an entertaining movie for a snowy weekend evening.

Tall Ship Concordia Medical Officer Survival Story (Video)

It’s alway helpful to hear the story directly from those involved.

David Teegarden was part of the professional crew onboard the SV Concordia and served as her medical officer. In this video interview he tell his story of resetting his dislocated shoulder so that he could climb out of his cabin and escape the sinking vessel.  Interestingly, he used the light from the screen of his laptop to navigate his way through the dark, overturned vessel.

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