Breeze is a traditional wooden sailing ship similar to vessels used for New Zealand coastal and inter-Dominion trades in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A brigantine, she has a square-rigged foremast and fore-and-aft rigged mainmast.
Launched in 1981, designer and builder Ralph Sewell intended to recreate a replica coastal trader built in the traditions of 19th century shipwrighting techniques, materials and construction faithful to her type and to that time. In time-honoured fashion, she is built of one diagonal and one fore and aft skin of kauri on sawn kauri stringers. The deck is two skins, one of kauri, one of totara. She is copper fastened and stiffened with carefully selected pohutukawa knees and sawn kauri floors. For modern conditions she is fitted with an auxiliary engine, and the main hold is fitted out as a cabin. Measuring 60 feet with a maximum beam of sixteen foot six and a draft of water of six foot she is neither a large or small boat.
Her powerful brigantine rig spreads up to 11 sails, seen at her best when she won the 1991 Tall Ships Race. Before coming to Voyager, Breeze was involved in sail training with the Breeze Sailing Club. In 1985 she sailed to Mururoa to protest French nuclear testing taking the place of Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior which had been sunk by French agents in Auckland.
Breeze is the jewel in the crown of the Voyager’s waterborne fleet. She is lovingly maintained and sailed by museum volunteers. She undertakes annual journeys to the Bay of Islands and the Mahurangi Regatta, and her heritage features have been required for filming a number of historical television shows.
I was fortunate to crew on her many times…
My great grandfather was serving aboard the Royal Navy Frigate HMS Shah in May 1877, when she was sent to destroy Huascar, which was in rebel hands, in what became known as the Battle of Pacocha. By the time he and the boarding party were close to the Ironclad, they were called back. The rebels had surrendered Huascar to the Peruvian Government.
While HMS Shah is no more, Huascar is now the Flagship of the Chilean navy. For further reading go to Wikipedia at :- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu%C3%A1scar_%28ironclad%29
For quite some time now, in fact since my first book was published on Amazon, like thousands of other writers, I have been bombarded by Amazon’s emails concerning my own books. Here is the email I sent off to Amazon HQ on the subject this morning :-
As a contributing author, I have been wondering for quite some time now why it is that your algorithm still sends me emails asking me to commit the sin of reviewing my own books? We all know that the practice is a big no no and frowned upon, so why ask us to do something illegal???
Isn’t it about time that whoever is responsible for your computer algorithm added a few lines of software commands to enable your system to distinguish between an author and an ordinary customer? Plus, while your at it, how about adding a command which stops your algorithm asking me to buy my own books.
Just a thought folks – no pressure,
Author of Onet’s Tale, Turning Point, The Seventh Age, The Forgotten Age, The Next Age and Globular Van der Graff’s Goblin Tales for Adults…
Will I get anything other than an automated response from Amazon’s algorithm? Doubtful.
Will Amazon bother to correct their software algorithm? Again, doubtful. But at least now they have been alerted to the problems…
The Next Age.
Next gets its third five star review in a row….
Could the Earth end on March 16 2880?.
Will you be around in eight hundred and sixty seven years time? I won’t! So why make such a big deal about it now?