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    Re: Four-masted barques.
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2005 Aug 25, 12:49 -0400

    What a fine sight to see.  You painted it vividly in my mind.  Thanks.
    On Aug 25, 2005, at 12:39 PM, george huxtable wrote:
    > On Tuesday, 23 August, at about 10h GMT, on a gorgeous clear morning,
    > my
    > wife and I were on a car ferry from Dunkerque nearing  Dover, when we
    > saw a
    > fine sight.
    > Two four-masted barques were in close company, sailing South in a
    > quartering wind, having passed South Foreland. They hadn't headed
    > round to
    > haul their wind, so presumably were not passing down the English
    > Channel,
    > but looked as though they were headed across it toward Calais or
    > Boulogne.
    > Presumably they had passed through the Downs, inside the Goodwin Sands,
    > after crossing the Thames estuary.
    > One was clearly the Russian Kruschenstern, very distinctive with her
    > painted ports. The other may have been the Russian Sedov.... Both were
    > flying upper and lower topsails and topgallants, and "Sedov", which
    > appeared to be overhauling the other, had her immense foresail set.
    > Both had a spanker set, and many staysails.
    > ...The barques in the Channel had the low-slung appearance of
    > a merchant vessel. That, I think, is what Kruschenstern and Sedov both
    > originally were, steel-built in Germany for the nitrate trade.
    > The ferry passed ahead of the two barques, at a distance of less than a
    > mile. They were within a cable or two of each other. They made a fine
    > sight, one I don't ever expect to see again.
    > George.

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