Elizabeth II Docks In Washington For Smoke On The Water Festival

By: Carly Swain/ April Davis
By: Carly Swain/ April Davis

A 69-foot time warp docked at the Washington waterfront for the weekend for the Smoke On The Water Festival. The Elizabeth II ship came in from Manteo to give hands-on history lessons on the ship created to look like it's straight from the 16th century. The ship is modeled like those the English sailed on to the new world from the design of the sails and hull to the sleeping quarters and even the food. The crew says they do a have a few modern conveniences tucked away on board, including a coffee pot.

"Everything in the ship is back to original period okay. but when we sail as a crew, we need some of the conveniences because we're not used to it," said Elizabeth II cook James Butz.

Back in the 16th century the only room that would be private is the captains quarter's. Of course, he's the one that gets the long bed, to stretch out on and if he has a hankering to do some work in the middle of the night, he has a work station.

Everybody's work is on the main deck. Tying off rope and getting the sails down are just a few of the crew's chores.

"Square rigged ship: similar to the ones that brought the English colonists to the new world in the late 1500's," said Captain Robbie Putnam. "We get to sail once or twice a year, and that's a good training. We train at the dock, but this is good real world training."

School groups toured the ship Friday. You can tour the Elizabeth II Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00p.m. on the Washington waterfront during the Smoke on the Water Festival.

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