Off Appleby's Wharf, Cubitt Town
A stretch of water where Albert piloted the coal ship. In 1901, most
coal ships had steam engines. In 1884, when this was taken, many still
had only sails. The ship in the middle seems the biggest. It has the older-type
square-rigged sails for crossing the oceans to Africa, America or Australia.
The barge on the right is gaff-rigged. With only two men it can sail up
twisting creeks and rivers. The ship on the left is a brigantine, with
a mixture of sails and was popular for working up and down the coast.
The small ship on the far left could be a coal ship. It would travel up
and down the east coast of Britain, between London and the coalfields
in eastern Scotland and north-east England.