All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.......!

Roy  Massicks

Bay of Islands., New Zealand

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From the poem ’ Sea Fever ’ by John Masefield.

Photograph was taken on board the three masted, top sail Schooner ’ Oosterschelde ’ which is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of Schooner’s that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the twentieth century. She is still under the Dutch flag. There are very few three masted top sail Schooner’s anywhere in the world today.
This old compass is marked in quarter points, as well as having 360 deg. There are the equivalent of 360 quarter points. When I sat for my AB’s ticket back in 1959 part of the examination was to stand in front of a compass and ’ box the compass. ’ This required you to recite every one of those quarter points such as: North, north a quarter east, north a half east, north three quarters east, nor nor east etc. and just to make it extra hard, some examiners required you to recite it backwards…..!

Location: Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Panasonic, LUMIX – GH2 at 214mm, 100×300 lens, 1/250, f,8, iso 160, manual.
From a single RAW image edited in Cyberlink PhotoDirector 5.

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