Monday, August 08, 2011

At The Clearwater's Helm

Capt. Nick was so nice to let me take the tiller for a while.

Yep, that's me at the helm of a gaff rigged sloop up the Hudson River steered towards the George Washington Bridge. The famous Clearwater is 106 feet long and 108 feet high, and it takes some arm grease to raise her sails and keep her on course.

Last Friday we were invited to celebrate Mark Siegel's webcomic Sailor Twain or The Mermaid on The Hudson aboard the Clearwater. It turned out that the people of the famous sloop were following the story What a wonder that all came together on the Hudson. If you don't know the story of the Clearwater yet, her connection with Pete Seeger, and why she was built in the late 1960s as a replica of a 18th century cargo sloop, you should read about it here at Wikipedia or here on the Clearwater web page.

The 10 foot long fisted tiller needs a sure hand to steer.

Pah-lenty more pictures here on Sailor Twain, and even mooore on the Facebook event page.

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