Wednesday 24 August 2011

Statsraad Lehmkuhl

She slipped into the loch unnoticed and while I was emptying the dishwasher and having a little tidy up in the kitchen I saw her through the window
she glided past the bottom of the garden
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl. A three-masted rigged sailing vessel. She's Norway's largest sailing ship, and has been taking part in the Tall Ship races
She's sailed from Bergen to Dublin and on the way back to Bergen has done a small detour to the Outer Hebrides and our back garden! What a treat, I should have hung out bunting and made a banner.
Just beyond the garden she slowed and did an about turn. It's very shallow towards the head of the loch, and I don't suppose she wanted to run the risk of running a ground. I could have run along and given support with cups of tea.  It's impossible to convey her size, even in the loch she looks tiny, though a small boat keeping her company gives some idea of her impressive stature
Cars and camper vans stopped up on the far side of the loch to get a glimpse of this beautiful ship as she heads out to sea and home to Norway
If you click here there is a photo of her taken a few days ago docked in Dublin. It felt special to have a sailing ship come sailing by, even if not under sail, she looked lovely in the loch. And I thought I'm pretty lucky to have that at the bottom of my garden...even if it isn't very often!


Mac n' Janet said...

Impressive sight. I love to watch sailing ships.

Ann said...

What a wonderful sight to see from your window.
I think we should all take a photograph from our window so we can share views
Happy week

Susan said...

Oh, wonderful! I'm forwarding this to my son, who will enjoy both the ship and the scenery. Even without the boat, you are pretty lucky to see what you see from your garden!

Anonymous said...

What a special visit! I can imagine how majestic she was in real life. I hope the Norwegians enjoyed their excursion to your back garden. I remember that when they were in Shetland the news broke of the tragedy in their country.

Lucille said...

You've done her proud on your blog. What a view.

rachel said...

What a lovely surprise visitor! Perhaps if you'd had some warning you could have semaphored an invitation to tea!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, that must have been a sight. Jackie in Surry left a comment about your blog and I came for a visit. I have just returned from a trip to the Outer Herbrides, you live in a stunningly beautiful part of the world. Nice to visit your blog. Take care.

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