Postcards & Notes From Away
Go ahead and correct me if I'm wrong but the last wooden four master is gone, but only recently.
The Seute Deern launched in 1919 as a wooden four-masted schooner in Gulfport, Mississippi, as the Elisabeth Bandi. She sailed under the US flag until 1931 when she was sold to Finland. In 1938-39, Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, Germany rebuilt her as a three-masted barque for a freight training ship. Less than a decade later, she became a museum/restaurant in 1947; last homeported in Bremerhaven, Germany, she sank in the harbor in late September, 2019 and was broken up in 2020.
1 friendship sloop + 1 friendship sloop going in the same direction = a race!
The relics of St. Mark traveled in style as depicted in
this postcard of one of the Pala D'Oro enamels
in Venice's St. Mark's Basilica.
More evidence of Ralph's travels just before the pandemic!