The Adventures of Sunsette -- We're on a boat!!! (Sept. 15, pg. 24)
What a fabulous adventure you all went on.

It would be amazing to visit the replica and explore all over it.

My favourites are the ones with the cannons. And I couldn’t imagine trying to steer a ship like that with a joystick rather than a wheel!
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Oh such a fun adventure!
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Do you agree that this is probably a fairly close replica of the original Santa Maria?
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Wow, great trip!

I wonder if the cannons are functional... Only one way to find out! Toss a beachball in the air to blow it up in a cloud of flames. For science.
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So the whipstaff descends through the decks to where the tiller comes through from the stern? So basically it is a direct push and pull on a huge tiller attached to a huge rudder? In other words, physically difficult and not exactly a refined method of steering with the rudder?

As you noted, the ship looks tall and narrow, so it must roll something fierce in even the most gentle of swells.

I am impressed to read on the website... now that I have time to check it out... that they sailed this ship from Spain to the U.S. with stops in the Canary Islands and Puerto Rico. The website claims the crew used "traditional navigation techniques."

I cannot find any information as to whether this replica includes engines for safely maneuvering in harbors. I do see that the hull was built of fiberglass and covered in wood, so the construction techniques are said to combine the traditional with the most cutting-edge modern. It sounds like they tried to create an aesthetically accurate circa 1490s vessel.

I can scarcely believe that this is Sunsette's first visit to an actual "tall ship."

Was Sunsette actually declared "dangerous goods"? Oh boy, somebody's gonna have a serious attitude issue after that!

If you are "so over it" with the ferry, what are you going to do? Fly? That would get expensive, and you can't take your car. Maybe invest in a vintage Amphicar?

Or just move to the mainland?

Naaah... you could never give up living next to the sea.

Maybe it's time you moved on to a boat of your own.

Anyway, fascinating post, and I invested/wasted/spent a lot of time reading about the original ship, various replicas, and this one.
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Thanks, everyone grin  It was really very cool, and by picking the colder crummier day, we avoided crowds.  Sunsette & Scarlett were seriously excited LOL

(09-17-2019, 01:41 AM)davidd Wrote: Do you agree that this is probably a fairly close replica of the original Santa Maria?
I really have no idea.  This is 300 years before my period of interest.  I mean, the differences are fascinating.  My brain went off down the rabbit hole of "you have no buntlines / who invented buntlines and when, and how did that go over..." and away it went LOL
I haven't read the little book I bought yet, but it says there are "no drawings, representations or detailed descriptions" of Columbus's ships.  Apparently not even dimensions or tonnage are specified -- unlike Rose & Bounty where original blueprints were available.  They used other period sources, and several replicas have been built.

(09-17-2019, 07:20 AM)fishy Wrote: I wonder if the cannons are functional...
Nope.  Too bad.  Rose's guns were pretty awesome.  They shook the whole ship.  And wusses that modern-day sailors are, they cleared the whole tween deck when they fired them.  Imagine being right beside a whole battery of them in the middle of a battle...

(09-17-2019, 11:49 AM)davidd Wrote: So the whipstaff descends through the decks to where the tiller comes through from the stern? .... In other words, physically difficult and not exactly a refined method of steering with the rudder?
Yep, pretty much.  They do have engines.

(09-17-2019, 11:49 AM)davidd Wrote: If you are "so over it" with the ferry, what are you going to do? Fly? That would get expensive, and you can't take your car. ...
Yeah... I had 16 1/2 hours in a Cessna 172 & was just short of soloing when the instructor got a better job out west & bailed.  It would be nice to have a plane....  I'd have to start all over.
So maybe move to Hawaii and get a helo license... xp  LOL

(09-17-2019, 11:49 AM)davidd Wrote: Naaah... you could never give up living next to the sea.
Maybe it's time you moved on to a boat of your own.
a) True.
b) Shhh... don't give Sunsette ideas.

Glad you found it interesting!  smile

(09-17-2019, 11:49 AM)davidd Wrote: Was Sunsette actually declared "dangerous goods"? Oh boy, somebody's gonna have a serious attitude issue after that!

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hahaha at the photo with the Ice man....
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You are an almost-pilot as well as a tall ship sailor? Wow! You are an all-around adventurer!
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(09-19-2019, 02:37 AM)davidd Wrote: You are an almost-pilot as well as a tall ship sailor? Wow! You are an all-around adventurer!

Alliecat is a Jules Verne main character.
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Bahahaha, I wish. Yay for a few adventures to make things sound a lot more interesting than they really are. LOL
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(09-19-2019, 08:31 AM)Alliecat Wrote: Bahahaha, I wish.  Yay for a few adventures to make things sound a lot more interesting than they really are. LOL

> Canadian sailor

Nice try denying, Ned Land's granddaughter.
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