National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. I haven't visited since the 'Turner and the Sea 'exhibition - travelling from Faversham changing trains at Gillingham and Woolwich was a bit more of an adventure but actually quite straightforward as I avoided central London. It was good to see the '4th plinth' ship in the bottle with its sails of African fabrics and I was mesmerised by the sea projection in the 'Voyagers' gallery.
Queen Mary) before he became a gardener, a love of working with wood he passed on to Dad.
' comfort'), I was fascinated by the sailmakers tools - the reamer for flat seams(7) but particularly the 'roping palm' (5) .
It proved surprisingly difficult to draw correctly ( I should have stuck with 1 drawing rather than multiple versions). What I really wanted to do was to have it on my hand and feel how it worked!