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This is the last picture of my little series on "Brest 2008", in which I have already presented two different old ships.
The "Matthew of Bristol" is a modern recreation of a square-rigged sailing ship in which explorer John Cabot sailed from Bristol to North America in 1497.
The European explorers of that time were hoping to find a sea-route to Asia to trade silks and spices. But instead of finding China or Japan, Cabot and his crew ended up in Newfoundland and claimed it for Henry VII of England.
Today's "Matthew" was built by Bristol's shipwrights, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of that historic crossing.
It is now available for anybody to enjoy and experience the extraordinary world of the Tudor sailor and explorer: gentle harbour cruiser, special celebration event or a full-blown offshore sailing experience.
On a few members'advice, I have done a WS, with a different cropping, in order to leave the modern sailing boat off the picture. It's true that it kind of spoils the medieval atmosphere of the picture.

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