Thursday, September 09, 2010

Excelsior Bay!

Excelsior Bay Wooden Boat

A classic boat powers across Excelsior Bay.
Tomorrow there is a Classic and Wooden boat show at Maynards. I have never been to this show, so I am looking forward to seeing the classics, although there is a lot going on this weekend around the lake. Check it out.

So, in honor of the world of wooden boats I looked up some of the largest wooden boats in history .... it is a very crowded and categorically confusing armada. Here are a few I took from Wikipedia. I was surprised at the size of the Roman Ships.

167.3 ft Peter von Danzig
Before 1462- late 1470s wrecked
A Hanseatic League caravel, built in the French Atlantic port town Rochelle, and the first large vessel in the Baltic Sea with carvel planking.[1]

191.9 f. Götheborg
This Swedish ship is 40.9 m (134.2 ft) long without the bowsprit, and a replica of the original that sank off Göteborg in 1745.

(201.1 ft) Santísima
1769-1805 sunk after battle
One of the few four-deckers ever built. 136 guns.

(203.4 ft) Mahmudiye 1829-1874
Disassembled to sell components
Mahmudiye (1829)
Ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II and built by the Ottoman Imperial Naval Arsenal on the Golden Horn in Istanbul. The 62x17x7m ship-of-the-line was armed with 128 cannons on 3 decks with complement of 1280. She participated in many important naval battles, including the Siege of Sevastopol (1854-1855) during the Crimean War (1854-1856). She was decommissioned in 1875.

(204.0 ft) USS Constitution
1797- museum ship
The second oldest commissioned warship in any of Earth’s navies, and the oldest wooden ship still afloat in the 21st century.
065.0 !65 m

(213.2 ft) SV Tenacious
2000- operational
A recently made British ship designed for the disabled.

(213.8 ft) Orient
1791-1798 blew up
Of the French 118 gun Océan class ship of the line 16 ships were built. Orient was the flagship of the French Nile fleet. She was destroyed when fire reached her magazine during the Battle of the Nile.

(218 ft) Grace Dieu
sunken wreck
An English carrack used as King Henry V’s flagship. It burned after being hit by lightning.

(207 ft.) Caligula Nemi ships
scuttled 1st cent. AD
Destroyed 1944
These two Roman ships were found in Lake Nemi, a volcanic lake about 30 km south of Rome when the lake was drained between 1929 and 1932.


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