Sunday, July 5, 2009

On Board

Amerigo Vespucci training ship, LivornoAnother sailor on top of the bowsprit of the “Amerigo Vespucci”, patching or cleaning something, fighting the boredom with the help of an iPod like device.Amerigo Vespucci training ship, LivornoStefano was not disturbed to get on board the “Vespucci”: when she is in port people may usually visit the ship a couple of hours in the morning and in the afternoon.Amerigo Vespucci training ship, LivornoI didn't saw this “pet” at first, so I didn't ask why they keep on leash a stuffed dog with a bowl under this bench. I call it bench but probably it has some strange nautical name which I ignore.Amerigo Vespucci training ship, LivornoHalf of the crew on board was painting something or polishing brass. Here they did a really good work, even scraping the teak decking.Amerigo Vespucci training shipEverything was neatly stacked, coiled or folded in elegant wooden containers I would gladly take away home.Amerigo Vespucci training ship, LivornoPeople were free to roam the main deck at their pleasure and to take pictures of everything they liked.Amerigo Vespucci training shipAfter the visit, looking back from the pier, I saw these sailors taking a well deserved moment of rest at the huge port anchor.

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15 comments:

White Oleander said...

Hey there, I'm back from my honeymoon. I have to catch up with all the blogs now, which will take me days to do so:p

Cheers.

cieldequimper said...

How come there are so few people to visit her? Here there would be a mile long queue! The dog has got to be a mascot of sorts. Absolutely superb photos, thanks for showing them!

B SQUARED said...

There is so much work on these ships.

henny said...

Ah, what a tour. The most beautiful and neat sail ship I've ever seen. It's so clean I don't want to put on my shoes. Thanks for taking us exploring him (as the name is Vespucci).

nori said...

I remember the "Captain Jack Sparrow"...

Hilda said...

Oh lucky you! I just love her! The wooden and brass details are absolutely gorgeous. And if I were there, you'd have some serious competition for those wooden containers!

brattcat said...

These are exceptional photographs VP. What attention to detail. And you've captured it all so elegantly. The warmth of wood, the shine of brass, the tension of lines. Thank you for this beautiful post. As for the stuffed dog, I agree with CQ.

Leif Hagen said...

What a magnificent ship! Great detail photos of a boat I could never see in Minnesota! Grazie mille!

Saretta said...

A truly lovely ship!

m_m said...

Wonderful shots! I love all the details! Look so exclusive and beautiful!

Clueless in Boston said...

In Boston the queue would be at least one mile long to visit and so many people crowding around. You are lucky to be able visit and take pictures. It is a beautiful ship and so well maintained.

Jacob said...

Superb series of photos, VP! I love everyone of them. IPods give new meaning to the word, "ubiquitous!"

And I know that a sailor's work is never done - there is always something to be swabbed, scrubbed or polished!

Love the stuffed dog. There is someone - the captain, perhaps - with a great sense of humor.

But, most of all I'm struck by the incredible beauty of this vessel.

How fortunate you were able to get on board.

Thanks for sharing your experience!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I love the first shot. great capture. The amount of work it takes to keep up a ship is mind-boggling. Lots and lots of labor and care.

Baruch said...

Awesome pictures. This vessels allows for so many photo opportunities

Tinsie said...

Fab shots! I particularly like the first one of the man perched on the edge :-)