We were sailing out of Lakka harbour on the North coast of the island of Paxoi en route for Kerkyra, and ultimately Italy, on a yacht delivery trip last year. We passed this traditional schooner called "Rhea" and of course I had to knock off a few frames. When I got home, I researched the ship, and found out some details of her chequered career. For those of you interested in such things, here's what I found (the potted version!)
Launched and registered at Nyborg, Denmark, on the 18th June, 1900, "Rhea" is a topsail schooner, built of oak on oak frames. She was originally named "Kjerstine", and was probably originally a fishing trawler. However she was soon transporting stone for sea defence works, and by 1903 had been sold to a company specializing in diving. By 1922 she had been renamed "Anne", and had her first engine fitted. For some reason, "Anne" appeared an unpopular name, as a year later, another name change saw her as "Martha", and by this time, she was ketch rigged (two masts, but no square sails). Over the next couple of decades as a working boat, she suffered the fate of many sailing ships, of losing most of her rigging, in favour of a more powerful engine. In the 1970s she changed hands and was bought from Denmark by a German, Kapitan Hans-Peter von Holdt of Hamburg. By now she only had one "quarter deck" mast. Under his ownership, another name change made her "Juliane von Holdt", named after Hans-Peter von Holdt's daughter, and she was registered in Kiel, jointly owned by von Holdt and one Bernhard Gumb. They set about refitting the ship for sailing, seeming to add a new foremast and jib boom. By now "Juliane von Holdt" was used as touristic attraction at Hornum on the island of Sylt in the North Sea. She ran short "duty free" trips and visits to the nearby seal reservations. By the late '80s, and finally with her current name of "Rhea", Bernhard Gumb was chartering her in Turkish waters. In 1989 "Rhea" was purchased and recommissioned by the current owners, English couple David Ross and Penny Lefeaux. She was returned to her original topsail schooner rig, and ever since has been chartering around Turkey and the Greek Islands.
Name changes for ships are, according to superstitious marine lore, supposed to bring bad luck. But "Rhea" seems a happy and successful exception to this!
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Royaldevon (23448) 2013-12-10 2:07
This is the sort of vessel that holds a romantic notion of the sea ... a scary, thrilling experience to be out in the big ocean!
She makes a lovely diagonal on a line from the bottom r/h corner with her masts roughly on the thirds line.
There is a lovely soft light which makes the whole very relaxing.
I suppose, for composition, it would have been perfect to have the ship to the left of the frame so that she had more space into which she could move, however, you would have lost the interest of the shoreline buildings; I suppose it's a toss up which to sacrifice!
Have a great day,
Subhogen (3270) 2013-12-10 3:52
Nice piece of history you have captured. Love the note and detail information about this beauty. Everyday we don't come across a vessel more than 100 years old and still running!!
Good shot with optimum clarity and real colors.
Very well presented photo..thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (16307) 2013-12-10 5:10
reading your note, it seems this vessel has led a long and interesting life, many name changes, and unexpected names too. Martha seems like a very everyday name for an old ship like this! Still, i dont pretend to understand naming conventions on ships.
Great shot of the boat here too, the angle you chose gives a great depth to the ship and a sense of its size. Very nicely positioned in the harbor here too.
thanks as always for pic and great note
Corry (3466) 2013-12-10 5:36
J'aime bien cette prise de vue de ce voilier dans un superbe décor. Ta note est très intéressante. Bien fait.
sabermonajati (8497) 2013-12-10 5:39
you shot nice view from ship.
Nicou (109828) 2013-12-10 7:16
quel voilier et iamge sueprbe ce bâteau avec ces mâts en bois cette ampleur et les cordage on a envie de partir.
Bravo et amitié
danos (80360) 2013-12-10 10:25
nice the view as the presentation of the beautiful village with the sailing boat to be anchored in front of it,decorative perfect the whole scenery.Excellent the light and the colour management of the scene.
jhm (130710) 2013-12-11 2:40
This is a sea pearl this old ship, not big these two-masted, but a wonderful ship.
You choice of angle is excellent done.
Technical a very good picture also pleasant colours.
Composition and presentation make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
dekanski (1557) 2013-12-11 13:36
nice shot, like it, especially POV!
trevormoffiet (1796) 2013-12-13 2:38
A great view of this schooner from your position looking from sea towards shore. The schooner is nicely placed within the frame so that we see something of the harbour village and the landscape beyond.
Mics (403) 2013-12-25 20:30
Everytime I see images of sailboats, you automatically comes to mind. The history of this vessel and all the experiences she has gone through is really one for the books. Very interesting note and presentation. Thanks for sharing your passion for sailboats.:-) Merry Christmas to you!
jemaflor (76682) 2014-01-08 23:10
Beautiful old ship well taken, good place in your composition, good sharpness and pleasant light on this view, tfs.
Periko (1757) 2014-03-10 6:57
Beautiful scenery. She would be resting as a floating museum, but being useful is better.
I love this sort of vessels
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (4904)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-23
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/500 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-10 1:47