I had the opportunity a couple of days ago to visit the historic naval dockyards at Portsmouth and to visit some of the great British warships preserved there. For a wood boat builder, the new Mary Rose exhibit is truly amazing as is the walk through of the Victory but for sheer wow factor it’s very hard to beat the Warrior.
Built in 1860, she was the biggest, fastest and most powerful battleship ever to have been built. Restored to her full glory she is truly a wonder to behold.
I thought it would be fun to show some comparison photos, tongue firmly in cheek, between her and my own little Friendship.
What surprised me as I developed the idea was the number of similarities there actually were. It’s really just a matter of scale.
For example, lets look at the bows. Each has some carving and a place to mount the anchor.
My anchor weighs 24 lbs. Warrior’s anchor weighs 5.6 tons and is one of four that size that she carried along with several smaller ones.
Then there are the steering and cooking facilities. The similarities are clear although the scale is somewhat different.
Lets look up the mast at the rigging. ...... Pretty similar I’d say.
We both have deadeyes to support our masts. ........
....and pin rails to hang our halyards on.
The Warrior carried 37,546 square feet of sail compared to my 360 square feet. She also carried twenty two 68 pound and four 110 pound guns. I Carry one flare pistol with six flares as I remember.
........ Soooooo …... All in all pretty similar, .... It’s just a matter of scale I guess.
Thanks for looking, I hope I made you smile.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/