My daily random ramblings
Another little piece of Manx history.
This plaque is on the quayside in Ramsey close to the seagulls' favourite perch.
I wonder why the plaque has not been "painted" by the gulls?
Washed clean by the rain?
That is very interesting, JC! I'd like to see that ship someday.
It is not too far from you... well, closer than it is to us maybe!
Thank you for sharing this. I have seen the Star of India in San Diego and didn't think about where it began.
It's come a long way!
We didn't realize there had been shipyards on IoM. Sounds like some sizeable ships were built there - what is the island's history of shipbuilding?
I haven't done a lot of research but there were always small shipyards here to support the fishing industry. In the 1800s there was at least one shipbuilder who became involved in the Australian Gold Rush and, with the money he amassed, built larger schooners for trade.There is a little information about the Star of India on this BBC webpage....https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-24835728.amp
I remember seeing The Spinners in Scarborough and they sang Ellan Vannin.
That was an unusual choice for them. The Bee Gees recorded a version, but then they were born here.
A plaque for the seagulls! They must be very intelligent in IoM.
Of course. Just like the rest of us.
I've been to San Diego any number of times, but always on business trips, so I never made it to the museum (https://sdmaritime.org/visit/the-ships/star-of-india/)--lots of photos on their site. Retired now, but if I get back that way, I will have to visit. Love old sailing ships.
I hope you do get to visit. You must let me know if you do.
That ship has traveled far! From IoM to end up in San Diego, CA?! Thanks for the link giving more of its history. It certainly has traveled a lot and has many stories to share. I find it amazing that this old ship still can sail.
She used to take emigrants from the UK all the way down to New Zealand. Can you imagine those rough sea voyages!
Lovely and interesting as always, JayCee. I do hope a visit there is in my future!
I think it would be an interesting visit, Bob. Wish I could see it but just a little too far.
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