Monday, 30 November 2009

That's My World, Ships & Sails

My whole life I've had a relationship with the sea: my father had been a sailor for almost 40 years with the R.I.L. (Royal Interocean Lines). My husband loved the sea and had been a sailor for a short time and one of my brothers-in-law has been a sailor until now. The ships in the first slide belong to a bell rope. I am sorry that I don't know all their names.Maybe somebody can help me find the right names.

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Bell rope.Not embroidered by me!

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The photos of this slide are from my Dutch daughter, who was in New York in September.

New York City Celebrates 400th Anniversary
By Martin Phillips
New York
26 September 2009

Four hundred years ago this month, Henry Hudson, an English sea explore, but working for the Dutch, was looking for a sea route to Asia. He sailed into what is now New York Harbor. His arrival is celebrated as the beginning of Dutch settlement in North America. A few years later, Dutch traders established New Amsterdam to trade animal furs with local Indians. Today that settlement is known as New York City.

New York City has such a distinctive look it's hard to imagine it was once a small Dutch settlement.

But at New York's South Street Seaport Museum, a centuries-old document proves the Dutch did indeed pay for this land.

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Vicki Lane said...

Wouldn't it be amazing to visit in New Amsterdam back when it was just getting started!

Nice new header -- funny how Dutch St. Nicholas the bishop became secular Santa Claus here in the US.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Reader wil - I just love that embroidered bellrope - thank you so much for showing us not only the lovely embroidered ships but also the whole thing hanging by your door.

Sylvia K said...

The bell rope is beautiful, Wil! Love your bit of history to go with your post -- as always it is so interesting. I did know about the original name for New York and we all do have an interesting history! It would be fun to be able to step back in time and see it when it was New Amsterdam.

Enjoy your week!


Marja said...

oh wonderful I love ships and sails too although I have nothing to do with it. I mostly enjoyed Sail Amsterdam when we went there years ago. Did you do all these cross stiches That is a lot of work Looks wonderful. In the corner that long thing is that a didgeridoo?

Anya said...

Hollandse zeilboten,
hollandser kan het niet hahaha...
Mijn moeder had vroeger ook zo'n zeilschepen geborduurd.
Ze hebben ze nog in de kamer ophangen.
Ik heb ook altijd veel geborduurd maar dat waren meestal bloemen of dieren. (Nee geen katten...hihi..)
Die tik kwam toen ik pas getrouwd was ;)
Fijne avond
groetjes van mij & Kareltje =^.^=

Arkansas Patti said...

Oops, bad Patti, I had forgotten about our Dutch connections. The Dutch did have a lot to do with settling the New World. Thanks for the reminder.
Those cruise ships look entirely too top heavy for my taste, the Oasis of the Sea does not even look sea worthy but that is just me.

Riet said...

Prachtig dat schellekoord met die zeilschepen. Leuk je header voor Sinterklaas.

Ann said...

You would have loved watching my school's production of Gentlemen of fortune.

We are a primary school, but we did a great job. all 600 kids

eileeninmd said...

The old ships are just beautiful, wonderful post. Great photos.

jeannette stgermain said...

Your bell rope is beautiful! Did you embroider it yourself?
Yeah, New York, not much Dutch left there LOL
I have a different relationship with ships/boats, since I came to Holl. with De oude Barneveldt (can't remember the exact name) - still can remember bits and pieces of that 3 week journey.

Patty said...

Who ever did the cross stitching of the ships, did beautiful work. Is the photo of the hallway yours? Between your kitchen and living room?

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Wil,

I've been out of circulation for a while, but am back with a new laptop, Windows 7, and a high speed, and I have to get used to it all!

Loved learning about the nautical side of your family and the slides are wonderful! So is your header. I remember Szent Miklos coming to visit me on the eve of December 5th, when I wasd a little girl. Do Dutch children still get a visit from Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle? I imagine they do.

An interesting post as always.



Carver said...

This was a fascinating post. I love the sailboats in your slide show. The embroidery is so beautiful too.

JOE TODD said...

I like your world

Etje said...

Je bent natuurlijk niet voor niks een Nederlandse he, die band met het water is wel iets speciaals bij jullie

Cloudia said...

New Amsterdam is just one great thing about our Dutch friends!

Aloha, Friend!

Comfort Spiral

Riet said...

Hi Will. Dankzij een niet willend been heb ik al 10 dagen geen kans gehad om weer er op uit te gaan en kwam ik maar weer terug op mijn Kinderdijk foto's. Ik heb er een paar keer over op mijn oude blog gepost maar niet op deze dus moest dit maar weer even.Ik ben pas een maand of vier aan het fotograferen dus dus ik heb nog niet zoveel foto's .Nou schijnt het vandaag goed weer te worden en het been wil wel weer wat dus moeten we er beslist even op uit.
Fijne dag verder

Miss_Yves said...

Une très jolie broderie, et un diaporama grandiose !On se croirait vraiment embarqué sur la mer !