The harbour side village of Baltimore in the south-west of Ireland is a favourite port of call for fishermen and yachtsmen because of its sheltered position behind Sherkin Island. This shot was taken on a wet and miserable afternoon but the hardy sailors were not worried by the weather after all with a boat named Gale-force who would be?
Baltimore has a rich maritime history which is sometimes tragic. A strange misfortune befell the village in 1631 when pirates from Algiers and armed troops of the Turkish Ottoman Empire stormed ashore at the little harbour village. In an era when it was common place for white traders from England to land on the African coast and to seize black people as slaves, this was one of the comparatively rare occasions when the boot was on the other foot.
A massacre took place when two Algerian galleys landed in the dead of night, sacked the town and bore off into slavery mostly women and children. Altogether fifty youngsters ‘even those in the cradle’ were abducted, along with thirty-four women and nearly two dozen men, principally the descendants of dissenting and peaceful Protestant settlers from Cornwall, Somerset and Devon.
The invasion left King Charles I (reign 1625-49) incandescent with rage and provoked him into a reaction extreme enough to help create a revolution in England.
The prisoners were destined for a variety of fates - some would live out their days chained to the oars as galley slaves, while others would spend long years in the scented seclusion of the harem or within the walls of the Sultan’s palace. The old city of Algiers, with its narrow streets, intense heat and lively trade, was a melting pot where the villagers would join slaves and freemen of many nationalities. Only two of them ever saw Ireland again.
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Hansaphotos (6109) 2013-10-09 8:58
We are neighbors here on TE today:) This is a fine shot of these beautiful boats. You managed the colours well. The red buoys and the person wearing red rain coat provides a nice splash of colour contrast. There seems to be some haze in the air that I think suits the scene well.
Lovely shot:) Thanks.
Best regards, Erling
cornejo (22568) 2013-10-09 10:35
Hi Rosemary, very good picture of this pretty picture sailor. Very well composed and captured this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Romano46 (11573) 2013-10-09 10:42
ho la sensazione che la costa irlandese abbia fatto breccia nel tuo cuore e vedo che giorno dopo giorno proponi immagini sempre piuttosto belle di questo paese sempre colte con la tua tecnica alquanto raffinata nella quale non manca mai la cura del particolare e soprattutto del colore.
Ciao e buona serata
jemaflor (74108) 2013-10-09 12:03
Good composition with these sailboats, nice brightness for the water, well managed.
Kugart (1774) 2013-10-09 15:45
Nice scene of the sail boats with reflections on the water. You have done a good job on the light management on what looks like a particularly dull day. A very interesting note on the history of Baltimore. Thanks
All the best
jjcordier (67292) 2013-10-09 22:51
Une photo joliment composée que l'on apprécie encore mieux dans sa plus large version (pourquoi le "nouveau" TE ne permet-il toujours pas d'afficher les images dans ce format alors que l'on peut les poster ainsi?)
krzychu30 (12759) 2013-10-10 2:17
even despite quite poor weather you were able to capture and bring out some bright and vivid colors,which animate the whole composition.Also the scene itself with all the preparation to sail out looks very interesting and conveys well the excitement before starting a new journey.
Have a nice day
papagolf21 (79582) 2013-10-10 3:07
Bonjour, chère Rosemary,
Un bien joli moment de la vie quotidienne. Malgré un ciel couvert, l'ensemble ressort très joliment et agréablement.
Les taches de couleur par les vêtements et les bouées donnent un air de gaieté fort apprécié.
timecapturer (37152) 2013-10-10 3:58
a perfect little haven this. Full of Irish charm and typical weather too! Despite the rain it looks peaceful and tranquil and your capture is full of immaculate detail.
Internet connection fixed now - I hope!
Sergiom (45527) 2013-10-10 5:43
Il n'y a finalement qu'à sauter un petit peu et de ne pas glisser car l'eau est froide à ce moment de l'année. Le temps gris n'enlève rien à la beauté de l'image.
marabu61 (5879) 2013-10-10 13:59
It has been some time since I had time for TE, so unfortunately I missed a lot of your Ireland photos. But it looks indeed that you had a great time there.
As I can see you also encountered some of the beautiful irish weather too. But as the Irish say, if you don't like the weather, just wait for 5 minutes.
Despite the bad weather, the clarity and the colors of your scene is amazing.
have a great evening
abmdsudi (32515) 2013-10-11 10:00
This looks cold and grey but not lacking of interests with the boats as effective as main focal, but even with this condition you still have got great dof and details. I like the peaceful atmosphere here and the whole feeling of the picture, bits of reds and sparkle on the water serve as strong eye pointers. fine shot, Congrats
ourania (18704) 2013-10-14 12:12
I like very much the view of this peaceful harbour and find it very interesting. It has some similarities and some differences with the harbours and landscapes of my island:) You've made viewing very pleasant and intriguing by penetrating the mist and capturing superb details near and far. I love the consistency of the colours as well as the few bright touches that attract our interest to the scene at the pier. The people give a sense of scale and add vividness and interest. The history of this place and the abducted people is fascinating, what a great contrast with this calm and moody view. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,