Thursday, 5 August 2010

Matthew at Poole Quay

Over 500 years ago John Cabot and his crew set sail for Asia aboard the original Matthew hoping to trade goods and commodities with the people who lived there.
However, he finally arrived on the coast of Newfoundland and therefore was the original discoverer of North America, not Christopher Columbus as most people believe.

Over 500 years ago John Cabot and his crew set sail for Asia aboard the original Matthew hoping to trade goods and commodities with the people who lived there.
However, he finally arrived on the coast of Newfoundland and therefore was the original discoverer of North America, not Christopher Columbus as most people believe.

The sailing vessel Matthew is now alongside Poole Quay today after making an unscheduled stop en route from Calais to Bristol.  The Matthew, a replica of a Tudor merchant ship, is usually berthed in Bristol Harbour.
Matthew berthed in Poole after making diversion under sail, due to a mechanical problem which can be fixed in a few days. The ship is on its way home from Calais in Northern France after attending a maritime festival in the famous old French port.

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