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I am pretty sure there was a law

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…now sadly lapsed, but in full-force through the fifties, sixties and seventies, which said that at some point between the ages of eight and ten, every young boy must attempt to build a model of the Cutty Sark, drive himself crazy trying to get the rigging right, break a mast in frustration, and go looking for rounded toothpicks.

Ahem.
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Anyhow, just before crossing that threshold between elaborate fantasy and most useful disenchantment (wow, even dad can’t get the rigging perfect) the romance of sail, especially in totally over-the-top wooden ships with massive superstructures, crow’s nests and cannon-ports, is about as good as dinosaurs were, a few cycles of obsessive mania previously (please refer to sill-existing legal requirements and binding precedents for four-to-six year olds).

This is not the Cutty-Sark – though that rigging definitely looks mind-busting to mentally untangle (and almost irresistible as a drawing-subject, right?).

This worthy vessel is called El Galleon, and without wishing to impugn her in any way, I suspect she was recruited to fill the gap when the tourist-trap version of the Bounty (built for the fifties film) was destroyed by fire.

Hey, I agree – kids who go to St Augustine SHOULD get to see a cannon-deck.
The Bounty herself certainly put the hook in me (many decades ago).
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