Sailing in the Second Degree
From Damien of Devotion
Within the Workings of the Second Degree we have a reference to a "Barque".
From listening carefully we can easily discern that a "Barque" is some type of ship or boat...
The configuration of sails and masts of a ship or boat is called a Sail-Plan.
For large ships the sail-plan is a usually formal set of drawings ships prepared by a Naval Architect.
When talking ships you hear terms like "Cutter", "Yawl", "Ketch" and "Schooner" and I have always thought this was something to do with hulls and sails. Well, it turns out that masts - and the number and type of sails hung from them - is what makes a "Barque" a "Barque" and a "Ketch" a "Ketch"
The Polly Woodside & Freemasonry's Second Degree
Masonic Readers in Melbourne might be interested to know that The Polly Woodside is a three-masted iron barque. Launched in Belfast in 1885 she completed many long trips all over the world - rounding Cape Horn 16 times and seeing service in WW2. By 1968 (then renamed "Rona") she was the last square-rigged, deep water, commercial sailing ship still afloat in Australasia.She was noted for her beautiful lines and speed, being both fast for its size and class and capable in good conditions of traveling at up to 14 knots (c 26 km per hour)
The enchanting Polly Woodside, is a tangible reminder of Australia’s rich maritime history and of the importance of such ships to the settlement and development. In 2007, the ship was added to the Victorian Heritage Register and now enjoys the highest level of State heritage protection.