The wind was shouting through our rigging, the Mary Rebecca was half over on her side and rushing ahead like an ocean greyhound
. The seafaring folk of Antioch had seen us breaking out topsail and staysail, a most reckless performance in such weather, and had hurried to the wharf-ends in little groups to find out what was the matter.
In 1973 Davern parted with the 'Ocean Greyhound
' and her name disappeared from Kiwi yacht racing for a couple of years.
Witnesses on other vessels reported that "all they saw of Turbinia was a bow emerging from a huge wave and a flame from the funnel flickering into the air," (from "Turbinia - The story of Charles Parsons and his Ocean Greyhound
" by Ken Smith).
TOGETHER with her stablemates Lusitania and Aquitania, the Mauretania was renowned as one of the Edwardian era's great 'floating palaces.' .' The Tyne and Wear-built liner, launched in 1906, was also truly an ocean greyhound
, holding the coveted Blue Riband title for no fewer than 20 years.
Known as the Ocean Greyhound
, it has been housed at the Discovery Museum since 1994.
While there, this sumptuous ocean greyhound
with her military capacity, was inspected by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) and an incredulous Kaiser Wilhelm II, of Germany.
This is one of the four great bronze propellers of Cunard's ill-fated ocean greyhound
and Blue Riband holder, Lusitania.
White Star had given up on ocean greyhounds
as an indulgence, leaving it to Cunard and the powerful German transatlantic companies North German Lloyd and Hamburg America Line to battle it out.
Besides the Navy's warships and the ocean greyhounds
of long-distance commerce, an extraordinary variety of vessels were built all round the coast for local conditions and specialist uses, from Polperro gaffers and Severn trows to Essex bawlies, Yorkshire billy boys, Tenby luggers and Scottish titles.