One reason for visiting Philly was to have a look at another one of the five remaining Clydebuilt sailing ships, Moshulu (ex-Kurt).
For an account of her re-rigging, check out Jamie White’s site: TheSquareRigger.
It’s strange to see her repurposed as a restaurant, but it’s good to see her nonetheless.
As a designer and traditionalist, I’m not crazy about the font (University) they’ve chosen for her name:
What I found really odd was how the ship was painted. Her starboard side (facing the river) was painted in traditional style. Her port side (facing the pier) was painted blue. Very weird.
Windows cut in the hull:
What’s wrong with this picture?
Looks like frames marked for some sort of survey?
Always looking for practical ideas when checking out historic ships.
Here, this spout keeps the water from a scupper from running down the side of the hull and leaving those ugly streaks:
It’s attached with c-clamps, I’m guessing for ease of maintenance/replacement.
Since it was dinner time and I wanted to have a look around, I decided to have a meal on board.
If you’re familiar with these types of ships, there are enough details that it is fairly easy to imagine what this tween deck area (facing aft) used to look like:
Don’t normally do food pics, but here’s my fancy dessert:
(Hey, I’m on vacation…I can splurge right?)
After I had finished eating, I asked the maitre d’ if it was all right to look around.
Emerging on deck, looking aft at a hatch:
Ladder up to the midships deck:
I went forward to the bow.
Up on the fo’c’sle head:
Note the deck crane, rather than the old catheads, to help raise and secure the anchor on deck. (Same thing on Peking.)
A peek into the fo’c’sle. The windlass looks nice.
Ship’s bell. And…oops. What’s wrong with this picture?
For the ship geeks who look for such things, here’s the manufacturer’s stamp (Lanarkshire Steel Co Lt Scotland) on a beam:
Hatch just aft of the fo’c’sle:
Looking aft along the deck:
Bulwark stays (different style from those on FOC) and rail:
Mr. ‘I‘iwi perched on the rail:
Looking up at the rig from the foremast:
Back up on the midships deck:
Mainmast shrouds, detail (seizing, eye, thimble, bottlescrew):
Small bitts on top of bulwark:
Ship’s wheel (in need of some repair) just forward of the chart house:
I didn’t go aft to the poop deck because there were some people gathered around the area and I didn’t want to disturb them.
Going below again, I came across a small gallery of images. I didn’t expect the ship to be a museum, but it was nice to see a nod to the ship’s past.
Reproduction of a drawing showing the ship’s sail plan and rigging:
And, something rather unexpected, but pleasing to see:
It seems I just can’t get away, can I?
Note: For those of you interested in life at sea on board Moshulu, pick up a copy of Eric Newby’s The Last Grain Race (1956).