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04-06-2014 02:59 PM

Went to one of our local hotels for lunch today and they had this figurehead mounted in the lobby. It’s from a Swedish sailing vessel that got wrecked on our coast nearby in 1822 . I thought is was kind of cool, so I took a couple of photos. She has a name ‘Mathilde Christiane’ carved her right side. I guess that was the name of the vessel, but not sure. I hope you find it interesting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 04-06-2014 03:08 PM

Very cool! And to think that these really took a beating at sea. Great condition.

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#2 posted 04-06-2014 03:24 PM

That’s a beautiful carving and I imagine that it is quite valuable as an antique.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 04-06-2014 03:28 PM

Beautiful carving work. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 04-06-2014 03:34 PM

Thanks for posting. Very cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 04-06-2014 05:34 PM

Extremely Interesting beautiful work on the craftsmen of the day; and reminds me of the song “Waltzing with Mathilde”. Guess she danced many waves?

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#6 posted 04-06-2014 05:56 PM

Great shape for years at sea.

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#7 posted 04-06-2014 07:06 PM

That is a nice treasure and I am glad to see it preserved and in public view ,also enjoyed the pictures of the sail ships something I miss as I grew up near the coast in Germany and got to see them from time to time ,what a site .
Still remember when this one went down .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 04-06-2014 09:38 PM

Glad everyone like the pics. I did confirm the ship’s name with a web search and the the wreck occurred in 1822 which I fixed in the text above. The ship was a bark (not sure what that implies). I am guessing the figurehead has been restored or at least repainted.

Klaus Thanks for the photo. I never get tired of seeing sailing ships. They are a wonder to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 04-09-2014 11:42 AM

Mike the term Bark is short for Barkentine (I think I spelled that right) and it refers to a particular mast and sail combination. Part square sail and part gaff rigged. Now I’ve got to go look that up to be sure.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#10 posted 04-09-2014 02:37 PM

Thanks Jim. I need all the help I can get when it comes to sailing vessels. I read Wooden Boat almost every month and after about 3 years I still can’t remember one sail rig from another, except for the no. of masts and I know the mizzen mast is the one aft.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 04-29-2014 11:10 AM

Very cool, Mike. I’ll bet she’d have lots of stories to tell

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#12 posted 05-09-2014 06:30 AM

Uhhhhh yes that’s naughty!
Smiles my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 05-09-2014 08:51 AM

Great post Stefang. I love the old ships and am in awe of the sailors that manned them.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#14 posted 05-09-2014 11:02 AM

A barque has fore and main masts square rigged but a barquantine has only it’s fore mast rigged square. Nice photos above. I love these old sailing ships and have read many sea adventure novels. Moby Dick started me off on that reading adventure. An excellent book that is a true story is Richard Dana’s Two Years Before The Mast. He’s a sailor on a merchant vessel in 1832. Some of it is kind of mundane (no swashbuckling) but it’s an excellent read and really puts you in his shoes as a sailor during that time. And it’s out of print so you can find it free on many book websites like Gutenberg. I think even amazon has it free for kindle.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#15 posted 05-09-2014 11:14 AM

She’s a beauty. A maiden intended as a talisman against disaster. Alas… So goes love.

I was googling for info on black locust and ran across this:

What a restoration project! I had no idea the skin on a boat like this was so thick. Are these milled to their irregular shapes or steamed and bent?

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