‘And at the bows an image stood,
By a cunning artist carved in wood,
With robes of white that far behind
Seemed to be fluttering in the wind.
It was not shaped in a Classic mould,
Not like a Nymph or Goddess of old,
Nor Naiad rising from the water,
But modelled from the Master’s daughter!
On many a dreary and misty night,
’Twill be seen by the rays of the signal light
Speeding along through the rain and the dark,
Like a ghost in its snow-white sark,
The pilot of some phantom bark,
Guiding the vessel, in its flight,
By a path none other knows aright!…..
(From the poem “The Building of a Ship” quoted on the web-site of Martin Jeffery, who carved this figurehead for the restored 1874 barque, the James Craig. Although she has a steel hull, the decks, masts, spars and this figurehead are timber.)
Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot at the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, Tasmania in February 2011.
Cropping and minor adjustments to lighting in PSE 9. HDR in Simply HDR for Mac.