A photo essay of the rigging restoration of the 3 masted Barque Glenlee.
Earliest photograph of the Glenlee,
loading cargo somewhere in Australia.
This photo shows her paint scheme or
livery and is the basis of her present
These 2 photographs have the best rigging
details and are the ones that I based the
rigging restoration on. This shows the
Glenlee as the Islamount in Melbourne,
Australia at the turn of the 20th Century.
The photo on the left was found in the
collection of the Maritime Museum of
Monterey by Ted Miles. Ted is an
historian working at the San Francisco
Maritime NHP and a fellow employee of
mine at the museum.
During her career as the Glenlee and the Islamount, she
circumnavigated the globe 4 times and rounded the fearsome Cape
Horn on 15 times. She was Clydebuilt and a proud example of the
zenith of the Cape Horn trade ~ A true survivor of the great age of
sail. Notice the split topgallant's ( upper most 2 yards on the fore and
main masts), instead of crossing a separate topgallant and royal yard.
This was an attempt at saving the cost of crew to man her and the
price of gear to rig her.
In October 1919, she made her last voyage
as a British merchant ship when she sailed
from Java to France. She was sold to an
Italian firm, Societa de Navigazione de
Italiano, based in Genoa and was re-named
Clarastella. In 1922 she was sold to the
Spanish Government to be used as a naval
sail training ship. She was renamed
Glaltea,and was home ported at La Granan
naval base in Ferrol, Spain
Many modifications were made to both the
hull and the rigging. A flying bridge
spanning the poop deck was installed, a jib
boom was fidded over the existing spike
bowsprit, brace boomkins were installed, 2
auxiliary engines were installed and
accommodations for over 300 officers and
cadets were constructed above and below
Builder: A. Rodger & Company of
Launched: Thursday, 03 December 1896
Ship Type: 3 masted Barque
Sail Area: 25,000 sq. Ft.
Tonnage: 1613 grt
Length: 245.5 feet
Breadth: 37.5 feet
Draught: 22.5 feet
Before the long tow from Spain back to Glasgow, the Galatea had to be
made seaworthy. Her decks were covered and all hatches batten down.
The flying bridge in the photo to the left and other deck projections were
The Galatea entering the river Clyde for the first
time since her launch. The dream is over ~
now the work begins
Galatea in dry dock awaiting initial work.
This included removing the props and any
initial hull work deemed necessary by
Removing the deckhouses installed by the Spanish. The original
deckhouses and hatches of the Glenlee were removed to accommodate
the ship in her new role as a sail training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy
|Grit blasting the frame bays
PRG1373/16/31 State Library of South Australia