Tall Ships, Well Almost


Monday 04 November, 2013 by Uncle Spike

Here in this part of Turkey we have a traditional wooden boat called a Gulet. You’ll see them up and down the southern Aegean and north-western Mediterranean coasts plying tourists with their annual dose of sun and sea.

These trips, ranging from island-hopping daily jaunts up to week long ventures, usually involve barbecue picnics, sunbathing on the deck, as well as allowing the often very pink tourists to let their hair down with some Efes (local beer) induced session of Turkish dancing.

Some of the gulet’s are pretty awesome though. While 99% rely on large inboard diesel powered engines, they also have two or three tall masts, and sometimes even sails that work.

Occasionally you’ll see one of the larger boats that actually resemble something from yester-year, the Tall Ships. They can be an impressive sight, nestled among the stark whiteness of the modern motor cruisers that are the predominant form of nautical vessel seen here these days.

These are a few shots that Uncle Spike has taken recently to give you an idea of what I’m harping on about: 






16 thoughts on “Tall Ships, Well Almost

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    We LOVED our time on a Turkish gulet. Your wonderful photos bring back very fond memories.


  2. Hi Spike, never heard of a Gulet rigged ship, but it’s a beauty.

    Here’s a great list of many other types of tall ships.



  3. raiz1972 says:

    Can’t wait to get out there and start working on them 😉


  4. Awesome pictures! I like the third one especially.


  5. dreschx says:

    It looks gorgeous!


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