On Sunday 7 September the Trust hosted a party on board the 3-masted
barque Picton Castle. Des Pawson presented the Captain with books for
the ship's library and a great feast was laid on. Part of the crew (age
range 19-74) were at the nearby Lord Nelson, no doubt researching
nautical matters concerning Ipswich while the remaining crew entertained
us with humour and courtesy.
We had a delightful evening learning about
the history and the current events of the voyage. I can imagine Admiral
Vernon (who invented 'grog') looking down on the scene with a smile on
his face. I heard more than one person suggest that Ipswich should
consider adopting the Picton Castle. Now there's a thought. The vessel
made a stunning visual impact lying at Orwell Quay.