While SA is definitely a racer-centric site, we’re also suckers for traditional ships and the lifestyles that go along with them. How many of us haven’t dreamed of sailing aboard a square rigger, pilot schooner, or man-of-war back in the 18th century?
Our strange but similar brethren to the North were once masters at building and designing working sailcraft, and their heritage lives on in quirky places like beautiful Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. For the first time in decades, the village waterfront is seeing schooner-construction with not one, but two 48′ schooners built in the classic Novy style. You can follow an extremely informative and descriptive blog on the build here, but the real tall-ship sailor reality show shit is in this video of nine sailors from the square rigger "Picton Castle" as they hunt the forests of Grenada to cut down, mill, and drag two 30-foot timbers to be used as keels for the new twins. Good times, eh?
Thanks to Anarchist Alan Creeser for the heads up.