Wednesday, October 14, 2009

M is for Merrie Ellen

Port Townsend is home to a good-sized fleet of sailing craft of all sizes and shapes including several sleek and swift schooners oft seen around Puget Sound waters, but for me it's the work boats that have the most appeal. The old fishing schooner Merrie Ellen seen here rounding Point Hudson is as pretty and hardy a vessel as they come. The 107 foot gaff-rigged schooner was built in 1922 in Vancouver, Canada. Owner/Skipper John Holbert and his wife, Jill have taken years in restoring and refitting her for charter work. More about Merrie Ellen here.

The letter M is interpreted many different ways today over at Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday.

11 comments:

Olivier said...

magnifique ce voilier, une invitation a une ballade en mer

RuneE said...

A beauty if ever I saw one - a most worthy M.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, and I'm such a sucker for these! Beautiful shot, Raf! And what a great M for the day!

Have a great day!

Sylvia

nonizamboni said...

Who doesn't love a working boat? and what a handsome one. Great choice, as always.

Leslie: said...

What a magnificent vessel to sail in around the Sound. I've never been on a sailboat in my entire life, but my fiance used to actually race sailboats up here in the Vancouver waters.

Hilda said...

She's gorgeous!

Roger Owen Green said...

Interesting. Henry Hudson's first trip up what is now the Hudson River in NYS was 400 years ago this fall.

Day4plus said...

Oh my gosh!! That is a most beautiful ship. thank you for sharing and thank the owners for restoring it to it's former beauty. MB

Tumblewords: said...

Superb! I'd love to take a spin on this one...Great shot!

Chuck Pefley said...

Merrie Ellen is indeed a lovely lass!
Did you have to pay that seagull in French fries to get him to do the fly-by?

Tammara said...

Love Port Townsend, and soon I'll have to visit again! Didn't make it up there this year for the boat show, but did last year and it was wonderful! Happy sailing in Port Townsend!