Friday, September 4, 2009

Great Pictures, No Art…..

OK I have some neat pictures to share, so if you are looking for crafty stuff stop back tomorrow….

The story…..My great-grandfather (Dad’s Granddad) served aboard a wonderful 3 masted sailing ship  called The Fantome II, owned by the Guinness's (yes the drink Guinness….and Sir Alec Guinness The original Obi Wan Kenobi Of Star Wars Fame!!!) This beautiful ship is still in operation. It is owned now by a French Bank, and has been renamed La Belem. I believe that is is the only 3 masted sailing ship that is still sailing today. My parents recently helped a French researcher with some information regarding my GGF’s time aboard the ship and were offered the opportunity to go on board while she was moored at Portsmouth United Kingdom.

I was born on an Island off the south coast of England called the Isle of Wight and my parents still reside there. Most of the crew for The (then) Fantome were from the Island. My parents were delighted to visit the ship and sent me some amazing photos…I thought I would share them with you.

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This is The Fantome II as it used to look.

 

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My Mom ;-)

 

 

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My Mom and Dad …Dad is next to the lady in the green scarf and has his hand on my mom’s shoulder.

 

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Dad in the Captains chair (I think).

 

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Lunch at the captains table.

 

 

Group picture.

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Thanks for looking!!!

Hope you enjoyed.

Check back tomorrow for some Unscripted Artwork!

9 comments:

Alanna said...

What a neat story and great photos. I loved looking at all of them.

nelliemaeii said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!!!

Cibele Glazer said...

Very neat bit of history. Wonderful pictures of a beautiful boat and your parents look like they were having fun. TFS!

Haley D. said...

That is really cool!

Leslie said...

Wow, those photos and the story are just great. How neat.

Meredith said...

How very fun!! You can tell times have changed by the laptop next to the captain's chair!

I have a question (albeit stupid, I know)..Do you have an English accent? How old were you when you moved to the US? Oops I guess that was two questions. If you don't want to say I understand--I was just curious.

And also thank you so much for the well wishes!!

Jeanne said...

Hey...I have wondered the same thing as Meredith...let her know she's not stupid, but curious, like me!

What a gorgeous ship and a fascinating story to go with it. Thanks so much for sharing! How long til your parents arrive for their visit? You must be getting so excited!

Kathi Carlson said...

How fun for your mom and dad and you, too, through the photos they shared. That is a cool looking ship, and how great that it's being maintained - a floating museum of sorts.

Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos and your interesting piece of family history!

Enjoy the weekend!

jcarlisi said...

So wait, the original Obi Wan Kenobi is a Guinness? NO WAY! Wow. Never knew that. That's so cool. Thanks for sharing the way cool pics of the ship.

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