Wednesday, October 1, 2008

ABC Wednesday - The Lady bares her keel

Here hangs the good ship Lady Washington just moments after her keel clears the water in Port Townsend's boat yard at Boat Haven. She has been the official tallship to represent the state of Wahington since she was built in Grays Harbor in 1989. For the interesting story of how she was built and her upcoming sailing schedule visit her website here.

After she and the tallship Hawaiian Chieftain entertained thousands of visitors at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, she was lifted onto the hard for cleaning, painting and general repairs.

Here, during the initial pressure washing of the hull, the full length of the keel can be seen along the bottom from stern to bow. For the definition and importance of a ship's keel visit the Wikipedia page here.

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10 comments:

Jenn said...

That is one interesting post! Great shot!

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magiceye said...

that was a very intersting post and the 1st picture was unique and lovely!

Blognote said...

Thank you, Raf, for sharing these photos with us and for your information!!
I personally love ships in all their architectual as well as historical details.

Jim said...

Who was holding up the boat while you took the picture? I bet their arms were tired.

Dragonstar said...

I was hoping to find a keel over here, and you haven't disappointed me! Very interesting post!

I love "Still Point" below, as well.

Marcel said...

I have always liked to watch boats being hauled with a Travel Lift. Of course I could spend days just poking around any boat yard.

Bear Naked said...

Wonderful photos and now I KNOW what is a KEEL.

Bear((( )))

nonizamboni said...

Keel--perfect choice for today. These are very interesting photos of Lady Washington as well.
Enjoyed your earlier post with the T.S. Eliot quote about still point--a phenomenal photo. Thanks for sharing. I'm wondering if it is getting to feel like autumn in your neck of the woods?
Happy Wednesday!

babooshka said...

Had to be Keel. I'm glad the beautiful lady didn't mind you showing us her bottom, to reveal the keel.

Louis la Vache said...

Well, Raf, you Keeled "Louis" over with this one! ;-)