One of the reasons, I went to Stockholm was to see the Vasa.
I first heard about the ship in my teens, when it was raised from the floor of Stockholm Harbour. The techniques of raising the ship were also detailed in the Meccano Magazine.
It will be interesting to see how the Vasa compares with the Mary Rose.
I must have spent about three hours wandering around the museum and afterwards I felt a lot better, as the humidity in the museum was about 60% to keep the ship [preserved.
Now that the Mary Rose museum has opened in Portsmouth, it has given me a suggestion about where to go next week.
As I’m also going to see the Vasa in Stockholm later next month, it will be an interesting comparison.
I took these pictures of the cruise ship; The World at Greenwich.
It would be good to see it go downriver from somewhere like Barrier Park.
I had actually gone over the cable-car to see if I could get a good picture of the cruise liner; The World. This was the best I got.
It has been reported that Greenwich is going to get a new berth for cruise ships, which will be nearer to the cable-car.
This story from the BBC web site is more significant than you think. Here’s the introduction.
The Norwegian government has backed an ambitious plan to create the world’s first ship tunnel. But why has nobody tackled this engineering feat before?
At 45m high (148ft) and 36m (111ft) wide, the Stad Ship Tunnel will be the only one of its kind – a passage through solid rock able to accommodate 16,000 tonne freight and passenger ships.
Ship canals have long been used to make journeys more direct and safer but the Stad peninsula is a mountainous divide, peaking at 645m, between the Norwegian Sea to the north and the North Sea to the south.
it may or may not go ahead, but it does show how confident engineers and tunnellers are in their hole digging.
And that is the significance of the story!
Crossrail in London is being dug in soft ground, but it shows how by-passes can be created under London with relative ease.
We shall be seeing a lot more tunnels in the next few decades, as the technology is just getting better every year.
This super-yacht was docked in front of us.
It’s funny, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a yacht like this, owned by someone I respect.
This ship was docked in front of the Oriana in Casablanca.
For whatever reason, I don’t know, it was stuck in the port, so the captain of the Oriana sent some of our food to keep the crew of The Maverick going for another few days.
I would assume that the owners didn’t have the money for port fees or something.
Everybody thought it was right, that the Captain took the action he did. But then it is a law of the sea to help fellow seafarers.
I took these pictures as I walked back to the Oriana.
They do illustrate, what I said in this post about there being a need for a good walking route from the tram to the dock.
I always photograph daisies.
I really couldn’t complain about the room on the ship. I had been upgraded to one only two decks below the main deck with its buffet restaurant for lunch and tea, when I wanted one. This deck also contained the gym and a good bar, so everything was close at hand. Especially, as I was close by one of the staircases with a set of lifts.
The room was very well equipped as the pictures show. I had a proper atlas, binoculars, a very comfortable bath and shower, a bed that I slept well on, plenty of mirrors, cupboards, drawers and places to sit and more than enough good towels. The only thing that was a bit suspect was the air-conditioning, which tended to dry the room.
Sadly, I was unable to test that, as I’d left my humidity meter behind. It was also not the sort of weather to sit on deck to get some fresh air.
I wasn’t the only one who found the atmosphere a bit oppressive.
One nice touch was that I was able to get a sharps box to dispose of my lancets, that I use for INR testing.
The trip across the Bay of Biscay had been a bit choppy, but that didn’t bother me, as I haven’t ever suffered seasickness since I went gluten-free. Before that, a couple of times, I had real problems, especially in small boats.
I took these pictures at Santiago de Compostela.
You will note that it wasn’t raining, but the weather couldn’t be described as anything but freezing. I was starting to regret, that I hadn’t brought more cold weather clothing.
What surprised me was how uncommerialised the city was. There was perhaps one stall selling trinkets outside the parador, but compared to some famous places, I’ve been it was refreshing to see so little junk on sale.
Admittedly, it was cold and March, so perhaps it had kept the vendors inside.
The main cathedral is magnificent and it is true to say that I like Romanesque and Norman churches, like St. Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield. They seem to have a certain dignity of a very old age. The London church is on my list of must see places in London.