This is an unusual blog post for me, as I am not a particularly nautical person. Having said that, my brother was in the Royal Navy and I have ancestors who were fishermen.
I have been in Poole, Dorset, on holiday for the past few days, and will no doubt post some of my pictures in one of my “favourite places” pages.
But for now I have fallen in love with this beautiful old ship I saw moored at Poole Quay last night.
She’s called the Queen Galadriel and you can find out more about her here. It seems the Cirdan Trust use her for the sail training of youngsters.
Queen Galadriel is a Baltic Trader built in 1937 in Svenborg, Denmark and was originally named ‘Else’ after the captain’s daughter. She is defined by her style of rigging as a “gaff ketch”.
Else traded as a cargo vessel around the coasts of Denmark and Norway, initially as a motor sailor but after 1956 she abandoned her sails.
She was in limbo between 1970 and 1983, when she was bought by the Cirdan Sailing Trust and went into service as Queen Galadriel, named after the wonderful Elvish character in Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings.
This morning as I looked out on Poole Harbour from my hotel window at 7am the Queen Galadriel was heading out to sea, past the container vessels of the working dock and out past Brownsea Island, one of my favourite places.
Lovely, ain’t she?
The hotel with such wonderful views over Poole Harbour is the Thistle Hotel on The Quay…