We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This 1866 Currier and Ives print depicts the "miniature ship" Red White and Blue. Details as listed on the print:
Length 26 Feet. Breadth of Beam 6 Feet 1 Inch. Depth of Hold 2 Ft. 8 In. 2 33/100 Tons Register. On her Voyage from New York to London, August 1866 with Capts Hudson & Fitch & dog Fanny. Sailed from New York July 9th arrived at Margate, August 16th 1866
Off topic. My beloved Boston Celtics have once again climbed the mountain top of NBA world champions. It ain't the mountain top untill you have walked in the valleys below, and for 22 years they have been stuck in the valley. Hoisting #17 on the !7th. Way to go Celts!!!
On Topic... cute boat, and I'm glad it made it to Margate, England. But if you'd like to read a great true sea story, read "Sailing Alone Around the World" by Joshua Slocum, who built a 27-foot sloop by himself and then proceeded to circumnavigate the globe in it, with many exciting adventures. All this took place in the 19th century. Slocum was a New Englander, which ought to please all you Maggies folks. and a tough old retired fisherman, who found a boat hull on the beach, rescued it and spent two years or so restoring it to functionality. I think his voyage took two years or more [it's been 37 years since I read the book so details are a little fuzzy] but he was a tough old bird and very articulate. The book is a kind of icon and tribute to New England grit and courage.
Bet you can still get it from Amazon. It's a classic.
A square-rigged 3-masted 26 foot boat? You think it would take more people to handle her sails than could fit inside her. Changing tack must have been interesting to watch (although maybe they had to wear about instead).