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  •  A boat??? (6+ / 0-)

    The castle I got excited over is a boat?  Now you are just teasing us!  

    Neat boat, by the way.  Dinner cruises, by any chance?  

    Dwell on the beauty of life. ~ Marcus Aurelius

    by Joy of Fishes on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:06:46 PM PDT

    •  I am so sorry! I shall have to make it ... (3+ / 0-)

      ...up to you with a REAL castle! :)

      Dinner IS available...but the old dear is moored SOLIDLY to the Thames Embankment, so you dine in lovely conditions, just without moving! :)

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:50:54 PM PDT

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      •  Do a diary on the Picton Castle (4+ / 0-)

        See how long it takes for the readers to realize it's not a castle, it's not a ship, it's a bark (barque, SF). A dozen or so years ago, I happened across it quayside in Lunenburg, NS. When I learned she was being fitted out for a circumnavigation with amateur crew, I started calculating how much sick leave I had (enough to get to Halifax, perhaps—I never did carry much of a balance).

        Someone then told me the amateur crew weren't exactly volunteers—they paid for the privilege. Well my checking account didn't even have enough to get me to Halifax even if I had enough sick leave, so that notion died a well deserved and unlamented death.

        I ran across accounts of the ship, er, bark, over the years including a tragedy in 2007 when one of the crew members was lost at sea. Parties associated with her were quoted as critical of the sailing of the Bounty, lost at sea last year. Various accounts are online as well as an eponymous website which provides tour information, schedules, etc.

        Okay, there's a castle, too, and I don't mean the forecastle. It's in Wales, but I don't know anything about it. I knew a little about the ship, er, bark, so I went in that direction.

    •  The castle that was a ship... (3+ / 0-)

      Fort St. Angelo, standing beside the harbor of Valletta, Malta, was listed as a commissioned "ship" in the Royal navy from 1912 to 1979.

      In its long history, the fort has served as the residence for the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta.  In 1565 it withstood the Great Siege mounted by the Ottoman navy.  In WWII the fort served as a gun emplacement, receiving many direct hits during German and Italian bombing of Malta.  For their "heroism and devotion", during this later siege,  the  Maltese nation was collectively awarded the George Cross.

      •  Ah, another, 'stone frigate', as they were known.. (1+ / 0-)
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        ...they were quite common at one stage.

        And technically, the full title of Malta is 'Malta, G.C.', which led to the naming of one of my favourite railway locomotives, 'Jubilee' Class, 4-6-0, 'Malta, G.C.'

        'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

        by shortfinals on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 04:20:20 PM PDT

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