Historic Ships

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HMS Surpise

HMS Surprise Under Sails

HMS Surprise (replica ship), a modern replica of the 18th century Royal Navy frigate HMS Rose, modified to represent the 1796 HMS Surprise in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and now owned by the San Diego Maritime Museum.


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HMS Surprise Wooden Tall Ship Model

HMS Surprise Wooden Ship Model 

H.M.S. Surprise has become famous as the 18th-century tall ship portrayed in the movie “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” starring Russell Crowe. The ship used in the Academy Award-winning film is actually a modern tall ship – a magnificent replica of a 24-gun Royal Navy frigate. The Surprise was painstakingly re-created to look like a vessel from the Revolutionary War Era. The replica ship was christened H.M.S. Rose when launched in 1970 in Nova Scotia, and for more than 30 years it served as a sail-training vessel, primarily along the East Coast. In the movie, a fictional British frigate named the Surprise and a much larger French warship, the Acheron, stalk each other off of the coast of South America. The movie, directed by Peter Weir, was based on a book by author Patrick OBrian. After the movie, the ship’s name was officially changed from the Rose to the Surprise. Today, H.M.S. Surprise resides dockside at the San Diego Maritime Museum and is still seaworthy.

HMS Endeavour Hand Crafted Wooden Tall Ship Model 38

James Cook’s HMS Bark Endeavour Wooden Model Ship 

In 1768 Lieutenant James Cook, Royal Navy, set sail on HMS Endeavour on a voyage of exploration and scientific investigation and through his journeys, Cook is considered to be one of the greatest explorers. In 1770 Cook reached New Zealand where he circumnavigated and completely charted the north and south islands before continuing west. In April, he sighted the east coast of Australia and sailed north along the coast before anchoring in what he named Botany Bay. He then continued north to Cape York and on to Jakarta and Indonesia.

During the four months voyage along the coast Cook charted the coastline from Victoria to Queensland and proclaimed the eastern part of the continent for Great Britain. Cook was the first person to accurately chart a substantial part of the coastline of Australia and to fix the continent in relation to known waters. His explorations of Australia were followed up within a few years by a British expedition to settle the ‘new’ continent.

Accordingly, Cook is considered a major figure in Australia’s modern history. Numerous places in Australia,particularly on the east Australian coast and New Zealand, have been named after him or his vessel, and many of the names he gave to parts of the Australian east coast in 1770 are still used (e.g. Cape Tribulation, Botany Bay, the Whitsunday’s). Cooks 1768-1771 voyages in HMS Endeavour is also considered to be of general historical importance because of its great contributions to the worlds knowledge of seamanship and navigation, as well as geography. On his voyages Cook became the first captain to calculate his longitudinal position with accuracy, using a complex mathematical formula developed in the 1760s. He was also the first to substantially reduce scurvy among his crew, a serious, sometimes fatal result of dietary deficiency on long voyages.

Tall Ship Details Mast and Rigging

Tall Ship Detailed Rigging and Mast

1847 Baltimore Clipper Harvey

1847 Baltimore Clipper Harvey 

The Harvey was built in 1847 in the state of Maryland. She was an able sailer working out of the port of Galveston Texas. At the turn out the Century she was making several voyages a year between Galveston and the ancient Jewish port of Jaffa which at the time was still under the Ottaman empire. Her main cargo was hemp used to make ropes for the rigging of ships. She displaced about 225 tons, and had a length of 97 feet, a width of 25 feet and a depth of less than 11 feet. With the end of the war, transatlantic trade resumed, and the Baltimore clipper evolved over the next 30 years to take the form of larger cargo carrying packets. These had similar hull lines and were longer,  slimmer, and faster than older merchant ships.


The “GARTHSNAID” at Iquique 1920’s via 7 seasvessels 

Rigging  source


Tall Ship  via source 

Tall Ship Diagram

Tall Ship Diagram via dailymail

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Sailing Schooner

tall ship sailing

sails diagram

Sails Diagram via piratedocuments

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Nautical Alphabet Flags 


Pride of Baltimore Tall Ship Parade

Barque Europe

Barque Europe Under Sail

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 Topsail Schooner Lynx Model Ship

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Great Idea Tall Ship Art

Tall Ship Under Sail (2)

Tall Ship Under Sail source 

Tall Ship Harbor

Tall Ship at the Harbor Bergen, Norway  source 

On Board of a Tall Ship

Tall Ship on Board

Topsail Schooner Lynx

Topsail Schooner Lynx Under Sails

Lynx is a square topsail schooner based in Newport Beach, California. She is an interpretation of an American letter of marque vessel of the same name from 1812. The original Lynx completed one voyage, running the Royal Navy blockade; the British captured her in 1813 at the start of her second voyage and took her into service as HMS Mosquidobit, source wikipedia


Tall Ship on the Sunset source

Black Prince Wooden Model Ship

Ben Franklin’s Black Prince Wooden Model Ship 

The first ship to gain Benjamin Franklin’s American privateering commission was the “Black Prince”, a French-owned vessel so named for it’s black hull and near-legendary prowess and speed as a rum runner. The Black Prince was crewed by Irish smugglers who would split the profits from the venture with the vessel’s owner. Franklin himself took no profit from privateering. His sole interest lay in the procurement of British prisoners for trade.

The Black Prince underwent extensive improvements to prepare her for this daunting task of Benjamin Franklin’s. She was approximately sixty-five feet in length by twenty feet in her beam (width). Her hold was retrofitted to accommodate fifty or more hammocks and small sleeping cubbyholes for her officers. She was armed with sixteen 4-pounder guns and thirty swivels.

The Black Prince enjoyed a brilliant solo career, capturing an impressive thirty-five vessels before being joined by the Black Princess, who served as her consort ship. The Black Princess was “…a cutter of 60 feet keel & 20 feet beam mounting 16 three pounders and 24 swivels & Small arms with 65 men all Americans and Irish under the command of Captain Edward Marcartor of Boston.”

Gorch Fock 1934Barque Gorch Fock Under Sail

Whaling Ship Charles W Morgan 1918

One of the oldest photos of whaling ship ‘Charles W. Morgan’ in 1912 to be relaunched in 2013 at Mystic Seaport. Courtesy of Sally Bullard source boothbayregister


Amerigo Vespucci Photo courtesy Philip J. Heydon, I.S.M.

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New York, World Trade Center USCG Cutter Eagle

US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, New York, World Trade Center

Tall Ship Sedov

Tall Ship Sedov Under Sail

Tall Ship Mast

Tall Ship Mast

USCG Cutter Eagle Wooden Model

USCG Cutter Eagle Wooden Model Ship 

Flying Cloud Clipper Under Sail

Holds the world’s record for passages from New York to San Francisco, and made many fast passages from Britain to Moreton Bay with immigrants (from an original painting by C.R.Patterson) via wikipedia 

Savannah, 1819. The first steam ship which crossed the Atlantic sea in 25 days.

Savannah, 1819. The first steam ship which crossed the Atlantic sea in 25 days.


 Flying Cloud Wooden Clipper Model 

Tall Ship Barque Ellissa

1877 Tall Ship Barque Ellisa Under Sail Image by Robert Lucey

Tall Ship Elissa Galveston, Texas Wooden Model (2)

1877 Barque Elissa Wooden Tall Ship Model 

Ship Garthsnaid at sea c. 1920

The Square Rig, Sailing Clipper  Garthsnaid at sea c. 1920. Men can be seen in the rigging.

The square rig, which reached its maximum development in the clipper ships and trading barques of the late 19th and early 20th century, relies on rectangular sails hung beneath yards, themselves suspended from the masts and set “square” (i.e., at a right angle to) the keel of the ship. This kind of rig requires an enormous amount of rigging (at least nine ropes per sail) and cannot sail closer than about 60° to the wind. Few vessels of this type are seen today, other than the spectacular ones used for sail training. Most square rigged vessels also carry at least some fore-and-aft sails via source 

Sailing Ship In The Storm

Tall Ship In The Storm

Gaff Rig Sail Boat

Classic Gaff Rig Sailboat

sailing tall ship storm

Sailing Schooner

On th Deck USS Constellation

1914 On The Deck of USS  Constellation via old-picture

HMS St Vincent, Training ship, Portsmouth Harbour 1896

HMS St Vincent, Training ship, Portsmouth Harbour 1896 source 

Tall Ship Under Sail

Tall Ship Bow

Figurehead from The Neptune,  ship replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon. The ship was built in 1985 for Roman Polanski’s film Pirates and now docked in Genoa.

Tall Ship source 

Tall Ship

Beautiful Tall Ship

The Tall Ship Elissa March 29, 2014 Galveston, TX photo by Christa Schreckengost

The Tall Ship Elissa | March 29, 2014 | Galveston, TX | photo by Christa Schreckengost

Sea Cloud Tall Ship

Sea Cloud Under Sail source seacloud

Sea Cloud Upper Deck

Sea Cloud Upper Deck source seacloud

Herreshoff Prudence source 


U.S. Brig Niagara


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