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

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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.


oosterschelde, three masted, top sail, schooner, dutch, compass, steering wheel, old, opua, bay of islands, new zealand


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicks9 months ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder9 months ago

    Terrific find

  • Thank you so much Kala !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalf9 months ago

    Lovely detail, well done Roy.

  • Thank you kind sir – your comments are appreciated.

    – Roy Massicks

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep8 months ago

    Cool find and capture!

  • Many thanks Gena for your great comment and favourite. I think this compass housing needs a good polish although I think the verdigris gives it some character !

    – Roy Massicks

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradour8 months ago

    A trully Beautiful shot Roy

  • Thank you so much Malcolm – you don’t often see a set-up like this these days !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fulda8 months ago

    I am catching up now, this is excellent, fabulous clarity, detail, comp, great subject as well , Roy !

  • Many thanks for your wonderful comment and favourite Elfriede – so pleased you like it !

    – Roy Massicks

  • John44
    John448 months ago

    Excellent done Roy
    Nice detailed shot

  • Thank you so much for the favourite John – so pleased you like it. I spent many an hour standing behind a compass like this one.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharp8 months ago

  • Thank you very much Marie – the feature is much appreciated.

    – Roy Massicks

  • mikebov
    mikebov8 months ago

    Great capture Roy
    Love the write up
    Whilst you were reciting the points on the compass, I was still hanging on to my mums apron strings.
    I started school in 1960

  • Apologies Mike – have been away for the last fortnight. Thank you very much for your kind comment. The reference to your age certainly makes me feel like an OLD codger !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peek8 months ago

    Great capture and info Roy ~ I’d have trouble reciting backwards ha ha!

  • Many thanks Susie – we have just come back from Auckland after a fortnight and have plenty to catch up on. After all these years I can still box a compass but I can’t remember what I had for breakfast……lol !

    – Roy Massicks

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