Tuesday, 17 November 2015


Dancing Sailors
Ahoy there its time for dancing sailors high in the sky.  The crew are flying past at the Haverigg Kite Festival and required quite a bit a skill both to get them in formation for their hornpipe but also to get them aloft in very little wind.
There was still plenty of kite flying and routines to enjoy but some of the larger pieces such as this seahorse remained resolutely earth bound on a still August day.

One could sail up the coast from Port Haverigg and come across some sailors forever on land near Whitehaven harbour.
Sailors Under the Gazebo
Created by John McKenna as part of the port's 'Quest' project these two are simply called "Sailors Waiting for Crew Work".  Happily to add to the 'S' count for this ABC Wednesday post there is also some scaffolding ready for the roofers in the background. Apart from its Georgian harbour one of Whitehaven's other claims to fame is of the attempt by the USS Ranger commander, John Paul Jones, to set fire to the hundreds of ships anchored in the port in 1778. Alas for him the row in small boats against the tide for 3 hours, the wind, a mutinous crew and the lure of the local pub for the sailors this was not a success.  The full story can be found here  The Quest project produced other sculptures around the town by John McKenna including one of John Paul Jones in action and spiking the guns at Half-moon Battery here.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at S here


carol l mckenna said...

Delightful post and wonderful photos for S!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Mimi Brad Pallin Henry Southworth said...

fantastic sailers.

Hildred said...

All the nice girls love a sailor......

photowannabe said...

Love your post.
Great photo of Sailors.

DEE DEE said...

Lovely post & beautiful pictures

Melody Steenkamp said...

Nice entry for this week.... the first photo's i like most, love to see things like that floting in the air.

Have a nice abc-day/- week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc.-w-team)

Roger Owen Green said...

they look like kings from a deck of cards!

Trubes said...


I SECOND Rogers SENTIMENTS, They do look like
kings from a deck of cards,

Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Trubes said...

Oops! Typo,
should read 'SENSATIONAL..

Di x

Leslie: said...

Looks like SUCH fun!

abcw team

carolann said...

I love kites, it looks like that festival had some unusual ones!

Gerald (SK14) said...

The kites look fascinating as are the sculptures in what I presume is meant to be a bandstand.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

The sailors somehow seem to be out of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.