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... which Sydney paid for to pay us back for paying for him to get into the cause way- we felt so bad!) From here we drive to a place called Bally castle which was a gorgeous little coastal town where Sydney's friend billy lives. Billy went to australia with Sydney and Mabel a few years ago and met all the cartwrights as well. We went to a pub for lunch- jason had the fish and I had a chicken, bacon and mushroom pie and they were both ...
We had coffee, then joined a brilliant guided tour, mainly outside, explaining all about the Harland and Wolff shipyard where Titanic was built, the current cranes Samson and Goliath, the memorial lawn, the magnificent building itself and much more. Outside is a great statue of "Titanica" by Rowan Gillespie.
Was "that" movie really 1997??????
Then, after lunch, we did the exhibition itself. ...
... to anchor under sail (although we have all done this during our RYA courses.) We went about again in the driving rain and aimed for Cushendun, Red Bay, 20 miles North of Larne. The engine restarted OK after a couple of hours rest and we anchored with no problem. That was 21:30, and by 22:00 we were eating a delightful beef stew that Viv had prepared in the morning which had been cooking slowly all day.
Right now it's 23:36 and I have just started the engine ...
... rowed ashore and joined us. He is a very intrepid chap, having built his own 22 foot open boat to an Uffa Fox design, and already sailed single handed round Ireland. He has a lug rig and goes well down wind but cannot beat. At night he lowers his mast and drapes a tarpaulin over it to form a tent, under which he sleeps. He has a primus stove but no electiric. My hat off to him!
... and Mussenden Temple. Again the structures are now deserted and largely in ruins but the house was huge and the temple most impressive. Erosion means that the temple is now very close to the cliff edge and visitors are prevented from walking around it.
Ruth then navigated following the most direct route back to Cushendall. She checked that the roads were at least B roads. Both the map and the TomTom said so but we ...