Photographer's Note


In the last photograph I submitted to Trekearth, the five-masted sailing ship, Royal Clipper, was seen sitting in port in Barbados. The present photo shows the barque a day earlier as it sailed out of Saint Lucia. I had been serving as a lecturer on board the cruise ship, Crystal Serenity (seen in the WS) that was anchored off the coast of the island. During the span of approximately 20 minutes I shot a series of eight photos, 2-3 minutes apart. With my camera mounted on a tripod, I took advantage of the full 200 mm focal lens. Here the sails have been fully unfurled, and the sun is to my left and behind me. Later I will present the sailing ship after it has made a crescent shaped semi-circle, heading in the direction of the late afternoon sun, with its sails appearing translucent.

Belonging to the Star Clipper Cruise Line, the Royal Clipper is a steel-hulled, fully rigged tall ship. Inspired by the German windjammer, Pruessen, the Royal Clipper was designed by Zygmunt Choren, and built in the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland. Launched in 2000, almost a century after the Pruessen, the Royal Clipper is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest true sailing ship in existence. Its specs include a net mass of 5,000 metric tonnes (or a weight of 5,500 imperial tons) and the area of its sails as 5202 square meters (59,202 sq ft). The cruise ship, registered in Luxembourg, plies the waters of the Mediterranean during the Northern Hemispheres summer months, and crosses the Atlantic to sail the Eastern Caribbean during the winter months.

At Trekearth the resident expert on sailing ships is Emmanuel LE CLERCQ, who has posted hundreds of images of tall ships. I would recommend anyone interested in learning about life on one of these ships to refer to Emmanuels remarkable gallery. Finally, it behooves me to admit a more impressive shot of the Royal Clipper than mine was posted about six weeks ago by Pat Lim (plimrn) who actually sailed on the vessel.

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