The Colombian Navy's sail training vessel GLORIA arrived in Halifax earlier this week, and after receiving some repair work at HMC Dockyard, moved to Cable Wharf to allow the general public a closer look. This let me get close-up photos on three separate morning so far, and as well I took advantage of the free public tours on Tuesday afternoon. This post will be lighter on text, and focus mostly on the photos I took.
My first sight of GLORIA this week was of her berthed in HMCS SACKVILLE's normal winter location within HMC Dockyard, from the ferry.
|GLORIA in HMC Dockyard.|
|Similar photo taken around the same time, this time with a 12mm lens on a Sony A6000. Can't quite decide which I prefer.|
|Wednesday morning - clear skies provided a different look. Another vertical panorama taken with an iPhone, processed with Lightroom Mobile.|
At 0800 hours each morning, the ship's ensign (a variation of the national flag) is hauled up a halyard from the tip of the gaff on the mizzen mast. The ensign is huge, and requires a number of crew members to deploy.
|Raising the large ensign is a lot of work, and requires more than a few crew members.|
|As large as the ensign is, it doesn't fly very well without a fair bit of wind. The ship also has a much smaller ensign to fly when the larger one shown here isn't practical.|
|OK, that's better, but the lighting isn't as appealing. Guess you can't win!|
|The ensign also made interesting reflections on the water, and I'm a sucker for reflections. I had to take this photo from onboard, looking straight down from the deck.|
GLORIA was also wearing a bunting of Maritime Signalling Flags (alphabetical and numerical flags used for signalling) that ran from the tip of the bowsprit to the stern over the tops of all three masts.
|A crewmember stands at the tip of the bowsprit, ready to raise the ship's jack.|
|The ship's name is engraved on all the stair nosings on the upper decks.|
|I wouldn't want to have to coil these ropes just so, but I do appreciate the effect.|
|I also wouldn't want to be responsible for keeping the deck buffed and varnished.|
Finally....did I mention I'm a sucker for reflections?
After GLORIA left the Cable Wharf on Thursday morning, she returned to HMC Dockyard, possibly for more repair work although I don't know for sure. She was still in port as of Friday afternoon.
All these, and more photos are available in my Smugmug gallery.