My post about the upcoming visit of STS Lord Nelson seemed to be illustrated enough -- and yet was inspired by the sight of the STS Spirit of New Zealand gliding over the waters of Wellington harbour.
So here you are, photographs taken by Ron Druett.
The Spirit of New Zealand, probably the busiest youth-training sailing vessel in the world, belongs to the Spirit of Adventure Trust.
The Trust was set up quite a while ago, back in 1972, in response to the surge of public interest in sailing vessels -- the same surge that led to Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander becoming a hit after years of languishing on library shelves. The first vessel was a neat little topsail schooner, Spirit of Adventure Then, in 1997, she was replaced by the larger Spirit of New Zealand, and was sold to tourist interests in Fiji, where she sails as the Spirit of the Pacific.