I can't think of a nicer way to spend a Sunday. Sailing up and down the river Avon at Bristol (UK)
mooring at various points for a whale of a pirate party!
The present Matthew is a faithful reconstruction of the boat used by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497, becoming the first European known to have set foot on the American mainland.
The Matthew was built to cross the Atlantic on the 500th anniversary of Cabot’s famous journey. Today, she is moored alongside Brunel's ss Great Britain, as part of Bristol's visitor attractions.
|The Matthew - as she appeared in |
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
|With Helen Hart of SilverWood Books|
|Steve from Radio Bristol and |
the two Helens judging the
Pirate Fancy Dress Competition
|Pirate Apprentice Callum with his Uncle Stuart|
and two Helens
I stayed overnight in the Premier Inn part of the Llandoger Trow - said to be the Tavern that inspired the Admiral Benbow in Treasure Island and where Defoe met with Selkirk (the real Robinson Crusoe)
|The Llandoger Trow in the 1930's |
before a bomb blasted
two of the gables
Built originally in the 1600's the Llandoger Trow
then, only occupied one gable
- the others were merchant shops
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