Captain Poses For Epic Picture On Bow Of His Huge Ship
Captain Kevin Oprey on the bulbous bow of the Queen Mary 2 (QMII) cruise liner's 10th anniversary. The shoot took place at a port off the coast of Bali with two safety boats positioned nearby just in case. Photographer James Morgan.
In this seemingly implausible photo we see Alex Thomson performing what he calls the ‘keel walk’, a stunt that has become infamous in the sailing world thanks to this photograph. As his 8-tonne carbon fibre yacht, Hugo Boss, sails on edge, Alex pulls up in a 255-horsepower ski jet and leaps onto the keel of the boat. Be sure to check out the embedded video below for proof of this epic feat. Alex Thomson, the Sifter salutes you.
The steamship Europa of 1930, consort flagship of the Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd), enters New York Harbour, 18 November 1931. Photograph taken from the Ambrose Lightship. Note the absence of flanking turbulence, the benefit of the bulbous bow. Image courtesy the private collection of John Cunard-Shutter.