Monday, June 17, 2013

'the Greek guy who helped me out'.....!


The first thing that strikes you when you walk into the Maritime Museum in Fremantle is the design. From the fabulous ceiling to the three tiered viewing levels. Architects Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (excellent link alert!) 'in their own words' describe the ethos of the museum so much better than I ever could. Home to Alan Bond's Australia ll winner of the 1983 America's Cup yacht race, I remember the dispute re the design of the infamous 'winged keel' and enjoyed the story that when Ben Lexcen was accused of stealing the design he countered with "I have in mind to admit it all to the New York Yacht Club that I really owe the secret of the design to a Greek guy who helped me out and was invaluable. He's been dead for 2000 years, bloody Archimedes". Laconic Aussie humour :)
That's it below, the controversial keel that had the yacht world reeling, personally I don't know what all the fuss was about, but then again I wouldn't know my keel from my boom haha! Just a few more bits and pieces to show you from the museum before I move on, hope that you're not getting too 'nauticaled out'! The weekend zipped by much too fast for my liking, how was yours? Happy Monday, take care.....

33 comments:

  1. WOW! What an awesome looking museum!! Love your captures! I would love to visit there!! Hope you have a great week! Enjoy! Thanks, as always, for your visits and comments!!

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  2. Amazing architecture. I also would love to visit this museum one time...
    Have a nice week, Grace!

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  3. That's a very impressive museum from architecture and content.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  4. We stayed in East Fremantle last October and visited this museum; it's great! We really enjoyed our stay there. Sue, Worcestershire, UK x

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  5. I do wish you wouldn't start Monday before we finish Sunday!
    The pics from inside came out very well.

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  6. PS - the rocking surfie's car was amusing...lol. Sue Worcs, UK x

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    1. That one made me laugh too Sue, so unexpected in a maritime museum haha!

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    2. Trés unexpected :) x Love looking at your fabulous photographs of the area because it gives us many wonderful memories of our visit to your home state. Thankyou.

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  7. This museum looks so unique... I hope you had fun visiting it.

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  8. I know nothing about sailing either but love the architecture of the building, Grace!

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  9. Very interesting museum. I like your shots. Wish you a nice new week. Kisses from Italy
    Erika

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  10. Perth has some incredible architecture, Grace! Thanks for showing it to us!

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  11. If only we could hold onto those weekends, eh? I love that first shot and that amazing yacht...also would never have understand the controversy - my boating experience is limited to kayaks, ha! Love the insides as much as the outsides of this museum!

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  12. He's a larrikin. :) Great place to visit, by the looks of things.

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  13. Lovely photos from inside the Maritime Museum.

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  14. That would be a nice museum to visit.

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  15. The design of the 1983 boat now looks quaint compared to the razor edged double keels found in the current boats competing in this year's America's Cup. They are racing on San Francisco Bay so we'll have a view of it.

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  16. The inside is like the hull of a ship, fantastic. And that's my kind of sailing absolutely, it seems a shame that it's inside and not in the water poor thing!

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  17. Before this I have known Perth for only cricket matches and it's a new side of Perth which is seen by me.
    Lift in India

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  18. I like that sense of humour! I also love the building. Completely in harmony with it's location.

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  19. When "we" won the Americas Cup I was on my honeymoon on an island in the Mediterranean where the sky meets the sea. Your photo brings back a magical time.

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  20. Interesting architecture..Some how latest and modern one. It would be a nice museum to visit.

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  21. It is a beautiful museum, well fit for the tall boats in it.

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  22. you've got the same sense of humor as Toonman ...

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  23. I'm really impressed with this place. It looks beautiful.

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  24. Fabulous interiors, great geometry! A place not to miss.

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  25. I'm sure that your keel and boom are to be admired! This building is truly remarkable and the designer, architect and builders are to be admired!

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  26. Oz people are fish! Very handsome fish :-)


    Aloha

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  27. Looks a great museum. Like Ben's humour.

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  28. I must show your posts and pictures of this wonderful Museum to Marina, because I'm sure she will be enchanted by the architecture ( she is enjoying a lot her classes at University and she is doing very good, I'm so proud of her!).
    hugs
    Léia

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