Gwen Tuinman is a novelist, born and raised in rural southern Ontario. Fascinated by the landscape of human tenacity, she writes about people navigating the social restrictions of their era. Her storytelling is influenced by an interest in bygone days. As a mentor, she helps women writers to shed emotional armour so they can reclaim their self-expression, dream bigger and learn to guide themselves through new creative risks. Gwen lives in the Kawartha Lakes region with her husband. Her forthcoming novel will be published in the spring of 2024 by Random House Canada.
April 29, 2015 at 3:32 pm
Such interesting pictures, Gwen, especially that one of the ruins of Olderfleet Castle.
May 1, 2015 at 5:57 am
Beth, your comment prompted me to enlarge the photo and examine it more closely. I am wondering if this cart is for an impending funeral. The cart is ornate. The people on the roadside appear to be waiting for something. I noted that their heads are hung and theirs eyes are downcast, a sign of reverence. Two women are standing further down the road, tucked in between two buildings. Are they waiting for the passage of the cart? I also found it curious that the horse is walking but we don’t see a person at the reins or walking the horse. An interesting scene!
April 29, 2015 at 5:56 pm
‘I wonder how they got so many ships to berth that close together’. Great photos 🙂
May 1, 2015 at 6:24 am
What great question! I’m quoting a response found on line. “A ship was lashed to the dock, and a process known as “walking” the ship was proceeded with, a form of alternately tightening and loosening the hawsers ( main ropes ), to bring the boat/ship to the dockside, usually in turn with the current or tide.
For more manoeuvres, in a tight corner, the “whalers”, ( a form of rowing dinghy, originally used for whaling, hence the term, ), were launched, overboard and the men called on to row the “head” , ( bow, or stem), round to its final location, where a guy rope (hawser), was tied up to the bollard (stanchion ) on the quayside, thereafter the walk began.
A “walk” is done, on the basis of a “spring”, being set, ( a spring is a layout of ropes, that are crossed on the dock side of a boat, usually forward and aft springs are “set”, ( though some times, mid point/mid way, springs are used with the bigger vessels ),
The arrangement is for the smaller vessels to be, attached to a hawser, at the rear ( aft ), and at the front ( forward, “forrard”, stem or bow ), both of which are attached to the bollards on the quayside, at a point approaching the centre of the vessels sides.
A third rope, (hawser ), is attached ( on deck ), forward of the rear hawser, and attached again to the rear of the vessel at the quayside.
While the fourth hawser, is attached to a bollard on deck, aft of the forward hawser, and to the quayside, forward of the forrard hawser.
From the side of a vessel, the two sets of hawsers appear crossed over,
one at the rear of the vessel,
and one to the front),
This acts as a “spring”, and by tightening the hawsers alternately, the vessel; is “walked” into the quayside, or alongside another vessel, in a similar fashion, to a quayside docking manouvre…. ” https://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080807203635AALhebX
I also found information that suggested horses stationed on the dock also were hitched to lines so they could pull the ships into position.
May 1, 2015 at 1:03 pm
Wow… I’m glad I commented. Thanks for a great explanation Gwen! 🙂
March 21, 2016 at 8:48 am
Pas facile de trouver des bonnes infos sur ce sujet, voilà c’est chose faites avec ce site, super et encore bravo.