7 September 2007

Welcome back, Detlev.


Continuing our introductions to the Beagle team (a few exciting new arrivals to come) meet shipwright Detlev Loell, who has just returned from sailing around Spitzbergen. Detlev is a master ship builder (which I think in German is a bootsbaumeister) and the go-to Herr for things square rigger. Detlev runs a shipyard in Peenemuende, Germany and is often to be found building, renovating, rerigging or repairing square riggers around the world. We asked him to send us a pic, and this arrived. Never say German's don't have a sense of humour - to explain, Frau Loell is also a master shipwright, and runs residential boatbuilding courses in Peenemuende. You turn up with enthusiasm, you drive away with varnish on your hands and a completed small boat strapped on your car-top. Here Detlev is sea-testing one of the yard's latest builds.

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