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Mr Monkey in Bristol, March 14th

"I'm not sure I'd trust that to steer all the way to Canada"

Mr Monkey looking up at the masts of the Matthew Mr Monkey along the deck of the Matthew from the sterncastle

After looking up at the masts and deciding he wouldn't visit the crows nest, Mr Monkey swarmed up a steep ladder onto the rearcastle of the Matthew. He was looking for the ship's wheel, but all the Matthew had was a pole sticking out of the deck. This connects to the tiller below, and was state of the art for steering ships in the late 15th century.

You can read about Cabot's voyage in the Matthew at the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage website.

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