2. Mayan Queen
4. Small News
night, did we have fun?
As we reported last week the
Town's art galleries opened for the evening last Friday.
Our thanks to Baxters, Combe Gallery and Blown for their
hospitality and some great art! Check out Dartmouth's
fabulous galleries by
Mayan Queen returns to Dartmouth
As promised in December,
the magnificent super yacht "Mayan Queen" returned to
Dartmouth last Bank Holiday weekend, providing a treat for
locals and visitors alike! Built in Germany in 2008, 93
metres (305 ft) in length, 4,200 gross tonnes, 4.5 metres
draft, two bow thrusters, one stern thruster, twin engines
... a very elegant yacht. Unfortunately the Dartmouth dot TV
crew were not invited aboard, but we understand she is owned
by Mexican millionaire yachtsman Albert Bailleres. After
leaving Dartmouth on Sunday she headed for London and the
Dartmouth dot TV owner Dave
whilst on Bayards Cove having a cold beer from the Dartmouth
Arms, pondered "at the industry standard running cost, that
boat is costing £19 every single minute, so the time taken
to drink my beer slowly has cost the owner 600 pounds?
Why not come down
for the weekend, or even a week?
Shackleton Centenary Expedition
In November 2008 three amateur
descendants of Shackleton and his men set out on a 900 mile
unsupported trek from his original Hut at Cape Royds to the
South Pole. Their aim was to re-enact the Nimrod Expedition
of 1908-9, in which Shackleton came within a tantalising 97
miles of being the first to reach the Pole.
They planned to arrive at the 97 mile point on the centenary
of this event, and then to complete the unfinished family
business. One of these descendants was Henry Adams, a
shipping lawyer, the great grandson of Jameson Boyd Adams,
the second in command of the Nimrod Expedition; Henry is
also the son of Tim Adams, owner of Woodside Cottage B and B
click here to see it and to see the videos of the
expedition! Although they had all
the benefits of modern clothing, expert tuition and the
latest technology, none had explored the Antarctic before.
They had to contend with:
360 miles of endless
sensory deprivation on the vast, featureless Ross Ice
140 miles ascending
the fearsome Beardmore Glacier, sliding and slipping on
rock hard ice riddled with dangerous crevasses
400 miles trudging
across the Polar Plateau, the coldest place on earth,
with a windchill factor of up to minus 60 degrees
centigrade, where barely a moment of exposure to the
elements would result in instant frostbite.
Against this adversity and
several other unforeseen difficulties, they succeeded in
reaching the Farthest South exactly on the centenary, and
went on to complete the unfinished journey on 18th January
2009. More men have been on the moon than have succeeded in
reaching the Pole by this route.
Tickets are still available for Henry's forthcoming
presentation at the Flavel Hall in Dartmouth on Saturday
27th June, at 7.30 pm. Two other presentations will be given
on the previous day specially to schools in the Dartmouth
area, and a third will be given to cadets at the Britannia
Royal Naval College.
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Why not come and visit Dartmouth?