Today the ship boasts a number of unique characteristics including its new 2,800-square-foot white junk rigged sails. Another trademark feature of the vessel is the many hand-carved caricatures on board. Whimsical sea horses serve as stair rails, dolphins cavort at the ends of built-in benches and a dapper frog, decked out in a tricorne hat and waistcoat, acts as the masthead on the bow. Larinda also boasts 2 beautiful 300 lbs. bronze firing cannons.
The figurehead of Oliver Southwood, on the bow of the vessel, was carved from one-hundred-year-old cypress pine by Susan R. White. It took her about two months, working six hours a day, five days a week, using hand tools, in the old tradition. Once Oliver was roughed out, the fine work was done with delicate chisels and gouges. Final sanding was followed with a heavy coat of epoxy to seal all the wood and end grain. Once the epoxy had cured, the figurehead was again sanded in preparation for final painting and coloring.
Oliver is wearing the dress uniform of John Paul Jones - fitting attire for a frog of Oliver's stature. In keeping with the general scheme of Larinda, a modified version of a 1767 colonial coastal schooner, period colors were selected for Oliver Southwood's uniform. The figurehead holds a a very heavy brass telescope. This strong piece lends strength to his otherwise thin arms and hands.
One of the very rare items found on "Larinda" is its engine. The Auxiliary power of the tall ship Larinda is the 1928, 8-tons 4-cylinder Wolverine diesel engine. The vessel also has a Genset onboard and it also has an inverter and a Yanmar diesel engine to drive the air compressor, to start the 1928 Wolverine diesel engine. There are thought to be only two 1928 wolverine diesel engines still operating in the world today. The engine weighs a staggering eight tons and produces 100 Horse Power at 275 RPM'S. Larinda is a unique vessel with modern safety features, yet she retains traditional wood appointments and museum quality.
Home Port of Tall Ship Larinda
Larinda’s Landing is the homeport and anchorage for the world famous Tall Ship Larinda. Built as a replica of the 1760 Schooner “Sultana”, Larinda has sailed the globe in many Tall Ship Parades of Sail, and has won numerous awards from festivals, events and competitions around the world. Considering the south shore of Nova Scotia is home to the most famous fishing/racing schooner ever built, “The Bluenose” and is steeped in history of Privateers, Buccaneers and buried treasure, there’s no place more appropriate to dock this gorgeous vessel!
Fun Facts & Historical information
The HMS Sultana was sold at auction in England on October, 10th in 1772 for a meager 85 pounds.
Superstitious seafaring people have always sought good luck. Ever since the first vessels were built, sailors trying to ensure safe passage have attempted to pacify mysterious and unpredictable gods with offerings or symbols of faith.
The ship's figurehead, a typical example of this tradition, can take many forms, and over the centuries many motifs and symbols have been used for figureheads, including lions, human figures, horse (some with two heads ), serpents, doves, geese, as well as imaginary figures such as unicorns, griffins, dragons, and even a Cimbrian bull. One Spanish ship, Elefantern, built in 1741, had an elephant wearing a crown for its figurehead. Another popular figure, presented in a variety of forms and poses, was the eagle, symbol of graceful flight and speed.
Early Viking ships proudly displayed serpents and other deities to ward off evil omens of the deep, while a common figurehead for the American ships was the lion, following the practice of the English ships.
But by the middle of the eighteenth century, stylized carvings came into fashion, and a variety of subjects became acceptable subjects for figureheads. A New England vessel displaying a horse's head was sighted at Dunkirk, England in 1744, and soon many boats on both sides of the Atlantic abandoned the standard lion in favor of other figures.
Human figures began to appear in the late 1770s, and shortly thereafter everything from statesmen to Indians appeared on the fronts of ships. Greek figures and figures dressed in medieval uniforms and battle dress were popular as well. It wasn't long before female figures began to appear. They were used on a great number of commercial ships after 1800, and often ship owners' wives were used as models. Figureheads became more than just idols to ward off evil spirits and pacify the demons of the sea. Along with the elaborate carvings of quarter badges and transom embellishments, they became the symbols of individualism and a means of identification. Each vessel had its own personality which owners tried to suggest with stylized carvings. The larger vessels even had elaborate carvings at doorways and staircases. Often serpents or unusual sea creatures held up rail ends or surrounded balustrades or pillars. Each owner had different tastes and ideas, and would display them. In addition, the local carver was often given the freedom to express his own.
An excellent example of an early ship with varied and unique carvings is the Swedish vessel Vasa. Hundreds of carvings are found all over the boat, but predominantly at the quarter galleries and stern.
This brings up to the present, on board of the vessel Larinda, where a visitor to the schooner can get a taste of history by viewing Oliver Southwood, a fine frog figurehead! Larinda is involved in several activities during the summer. She made her debut during the 2012 Tall Ship event on the waterfront of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was her first appearance since her sinking in the harbor 9 years ago. She also attends to the Mahone Bay Pirate Festival & Regatta during the first weekend of August for 4 days and will be part of many more events in the near future!