Tuesday 3 August 2010

Model behaviour

This morning we went to Historic Marine (where I didn't take this photo) to see how they make the model ships for which Mauritius is famous. In the model ship world.

It was fascinating: men hunched over original plans of the Cutty Sark and Golden Hind (and 120 others), painstakingly cutting the pieces out of balsa and teak, shaving, gluing and varnishing for up to 100 hoursto turn out a beautiful ship, perfect in every detail. There were women there too, fingers flashing as they knitted and knotted the rigging.

They make modern ones too. They haven't done Black Magic, but did make an Alinghi - and then got told off for it. Pah, typical Alinghi!

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