Today was pretty gloomy and then it got worse. Before the rain came there was a noticeable passage of Swallows and House Martins, and an increase in the number of Meadow Pipits on the move.
Looking out to sea I watched this rather attractive sailing vessel moving by. Although it was a fair way out I hoped that I'd be able to read the ships name and find out a bit about her.
The Queen Galadriel is one of the Cirdan Sailing Trust's ships. The trust has the objective "Provide disadvantaged young people with the opportunity for self-development from the experience of living and working on large sailing boats." They do this by providing Youth leaders the chance to work with groups in their care. I know nothing about the trust but full details can be found here.
The 32m ship ( including spars) can accommodate groups of up to 16 and is well appointed. She was built in Denmark in 1937 as a Baltic Trader and was originally named "Else" after the captains daughter (I'm sure there's a limerick there somewhere!).
In 1983, she was bought by The Cirdan Sailing Trust and went into service renamed 'Queen Galadriel' after a character in Tolkein's 'Lord of The Rings'. She had a complete refit and update in 2003 and now operates from the south coast during the summer. She also takes part in the Tall Ships race.