061213.Bath, Ever Consider Living on a Boat?

December 13, 2006 at 10:42 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, river, River Avon, Riverboats, somerset | 12 Comments

This is the River Avon and the North Parade Bridge.


This made me think of a description of “Fred” that I had heard on the radio. “Fred’s the kind of guy who when the subject comes up of future plans will tell you that he’s thinking pretty seriously of moving onto a boat.”

FYI: Fred Schultz says about himself: “My whole life I’ve had a thing about mermaids, and dolphins, but mermaids.”

(Will post daily photos again on Monday. There will be no internet service on Saturday and Sunday, sorry.)

Follow up: I can’t imagine there would be structural papers due on a boat.

061104. 3/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

November 4, 2006 at 12:26 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bridges, Cathedrals and churches, doorways, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Sculpture, Ships, Waterfront | 9 Comments



This is probably one of the most popular photo compositions taken (and retaken) in Bath by residents and tourists alike, so without further ado I’ll give you the popular guide’s account:

“[A]long York Street, on the left is Bath City Laundry, 1887-1888, by C. E. Davis, adapted from a dissenting chapel. The ground floor has unfluted Ionic pilasters and above is a fanciful Baroque attic story with pilasters supported on animal head consoles. This returns to form an elliptical-arched ‘bridge’ over York Street, linking with the Queen’s Bath, through which hot water was piped from the spring into the laundry. ” –Michael Forsyth, Pevsner Architectural Guides: Bath (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003), 109.

Both the Hokusai prints and the city of Bath were largely created for tourists of different ages. I therefore do not feel guilty in merely quoting a guidebook to explain that Bath’s triumphal-like arch/gate to be in fact a fancy water pipe, exporting the byproduct of Bath’s namesake to a neighboring industry while framing the Abbey.

Hokusai also adds a decorated gate to frame Mt. Fuji while he inhabits his composition with characters interacting with and carrying water.

FYI: Hokusai’s more or less abstract series does not feature any blatant night shots. I suppose he was just stingy with the ink.

061009.Bristol, Happy Columbus Day from John Cabot’s 1497 “Matthew”

October 17, 2006 at 8:48 PM | Posted in Bristol, Overcast, Ships, somerset, towns, Waterfront | 4 Comments

 Happy Columbus Day!
Born in 1450 Genoa as Giovanni Caboto, this contemporary of Columbus could have had today’s national holiday named after him if the English Bristol merchants had been quicker with the funding. Like Columbus, Caboto shopped around for investors when Columbus was able to woo the Spanish crown. By the time Caboto finally got funding, several other countries had already sent ships to the New World and Caboto’s discovery options were limited. Blame it on his ESL, all Caboto was able to “discover” and creatively christen was Newfoundland. He himself was renamed and remembered in history as John Cabot, so the English claim to America would be less indebted to Italy.

Note Bristol Cathedral’s three towers in the upper left background. This ship’s construction began in 1994 and was finished in 1996. It set sail from Bristol to Newfoundland on 2 May 1997 on the exact 500th anniversary of Cabot’s voyage. (It’s debated whether it was 2 May or 20 May 1497). The modern voyage ran into a storm and didn’t beat Cabot’s record but it still made it.

Above photos from left to right: 061003.183., 061003.185. The hanging round plate that looks like a compass was a time peg board used to mark off the half hours to judge distance. The crew member telling me about this also told me about sailor’s eyepatches. Apparently, the stereotyped sailor eyepatch didn’t cover a blind or missing eye, it covered the good eye. In a pre-compass world, the uncovered eye was used to stare at the sun to take down coordinations and this eye would be the one that went blind. To prevent total blindness, sailors wore an eyepatch on their good eye. That’s smart thinking.

060923.Bathwick, Bathwick Hill Road Bridge over Kennet and Avon Canal

October 17, 2006 at 10:26 AM | Posted in Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Canals, Peephole Views, Riverboats, Waterfront | 8 Comments

060923.19..Somset.ClavertonDown.Bath.BathwickHill Rd.Kennet and Avon Canal

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