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The Grand Turk ( as was)

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The Grand Turk was the original name of a three-masted sixth-rate frigate, that was designed to represent a generic Nelson age warship replica, with her design greatly inspired by HMS Blandford (1741). She was laid down in Marmaris, Turkey in 1996, primarily to provide a replica of a frigate, for the production of the ITV series adapted from the famous novels about Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower by Cecil Scott Forester. Nowadays the tall ship is used mainly in sailing events, for corporate or private charter, and for receptions in her spacious saloon or on her deck. The ship is currently based in Saint Malo Brittany and has been renamed Étoile du Roy ("King's Star).

While Étoile du Roy has a gundeck lined with 20 cast iron smooth-bore cannons, a frigate was neither large enough nor sufficiently well armed to fight in the line of battle. Her function would have been primarily to scout for the main fleet, attack enemy commerce, giving support where necessary, or carry messages.

The hull is made of iroko planking on a couples mahogany glued on barrotage is pine glulam. The overall length is 46.3 m waterline length of 29.6 m, the midship of 10.4 m and draft of 3.4 m. The rigging of three-masted square, giving a vertical clearance of 35.6 m, can deploy 800 square meters of canvas. The frigate has all the modern equipment, windlass and hydraulic winches; she has two diesel engines of 400 horsepower (Kelvin TAS8) which consumes 1850 liters / day to 900 rpm (speed 8.5 knots), a bow thruster Hydraulic 60 horses and no less than 4 generators (Ford 110, 80, 70 and 35 kVA).

The Grand Turk is familiar as a stand in for HMS Indefatigable in the TV series Hornblower, although the historical Indefatigable was a larger ship. She also served in the same TV series as the French ship Papillon. On 28 June 2005 she stood in for HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship at the International Fleet Review off Portsmouth (GB), commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

The frigate was purchased by Bob Escoffier of the Étoile Marine Croisières, which already operates a number of traditional sailing ships: Étoile de France, Étoile Molène, Étoile Polaire, Naire Maove et' and the schooner-aviso Recouvrance in Brest (in partnership with its owner, the SOPAB). The final sale price was not disclosed.

After being moored in Whitby for over a decade, the Grand Turk sailed out of her home harbour for last time at 4:00am 16 March 2010 to her current location in France.

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Comments (11)

Richard Gregory 48 on July 8, 2012

Another incredible picture Sam i think i spend more time in your gallery then i do in my own, the colours and reflections are excellent Like Regards Richard

Yorkshire Sam on July 8, 2012

Cheers fellas, I'm always happy to see you both here no matter how often ;o),

Ian the images I recovered from the laptop are all from a way back , many still have the all the exif, some have part and stranger still some have none but have retained the time at which I moved them from one comp to the other in the last day or two.

veranik on July 8, 2012



Best regards.

Yorkshire Sam on July 8, 2012

Thank you Veranik, best wishes, Sam :o)

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gasgasLex on July 9, 2012

Magnificent composition, & a beauty of a ship too..:)

Yorkshire Sam on July 9, 2012

Cheers Derek,LEX and all above , she was a nightmare to photograph being so tight in the harbour and I took this by laying down, lowering my hands down the harbour wall taking blind shot after shot until I had the right settings and some idea of where to point, once I had that figures I took 20 or so frames in the hope I had captured all of her . Once stitched the image was a nightmare of broken lines and distortion but bit by bit I got her to look something like. It isn't perfect by any means but it's the best I could do.

kind regards to you all, Sam :o)

David Brown Photogra… on July 14, 2012

Brilliant piece of work Sam ol' lad. Very shipshape and Bristol fashion.

I loved the story too (except the bit about the wood where I lost the thread for a bit, but I put that down to age - mine!).

Shame she has gone over-seas.

Also superb bit of stitching - we're both typical Yorkshiremen! Why waste money on wide angle lenses when you can spend hours fiddlin' with stitchin' and editin'?

Grand as the proverbial owt - Jethro

Yorkshire Sam on July 14, 2012

Aye Jethro I got all muxxed up when the said about the wood so it must be them as hasn't telled it right. Oh I have a wide angle mate but I don't like the distortions and distancing effect such lenses have. The stitching lark did come about from not so much saving money but just not having any. You see I actually would like a full frame or better still medium format ( huge sensor) camera but as said I dissent ave t'brass ! As yorkshiremen do I got to thinking of a way round it and of course if you take a lot of images with a not so wide lens and add em all together then you end up wi more or less t'same thing as if you had one o them big buggers :o) Ah know it's a mess abaat but sin it keeps me out o bother then thats another plus ! I have to say Whitby doesn't feel the same without her or the bark Endeavour there in the harbour and I am pleased at least that I have this record of what once was.

Thanks again mate !

Dean Matthews on July 18, 2012

There are heavy rhumours of a d600 that might be soon leaving the Nikon factory that might be just what you are looking for Sam - full frame with a lot of bells and whistles and looks to be pitched around the 1k mark

Yorkshire Sam on July 25, 2012

I'm liking those rumours and the leaked specs Dean, all contributions towards the purchase will be gratefully received ;o)

Cheers :o)

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