Polly Woodside aka Rona
Iron barque, built 1885 in Belfast.
647 tons, 192 feet long, max speed 14 knots.
A trading ship, coal mostly, from the end of the era of sail, although she remained in use to the 1920s, when she was converted to a coal hulk.
We're going to start at the bow, walk down the starboard side, then back along the port side. Then we'll go below, have a look at the hold and then the aft accommodation.
Inside the deck cabin.
This would be looking back down the length of the ship, if the boats weren't in the way.
In the hold.
The deck bit here is a modern addition for the benefit of visitors, in use it would have been all hold, accessed by ladders.
Looking the other way.
This is the layout of the aft accommodation, recreated to reflect living conditions when the ship was in use.
The doors connecting the hold to cabins, and the door from the apprentices area (shown on the plans, not in the photos though) are for the benefit of visitors. Originally, these areas would also have been accessed directly from the upper deck.
Ladder from apprentices area to deck
Entrance part of cook & steward's cabin
Companionway, connecting officer's cabins to quarterdeck.
Second mate's cabin (this one and next). Note the two bunks.
First mate's cabin (this one and next). Only one bunk in here.