58. Ship of Theseus / Project Recap

In this episode, I ask the question “is Tally Ho still the same boat?” …I explore the ancient philosophical question of The Ship of Theseus, and how that problem applies to this project and also to our understanding of the world in general. While I consider all this, we recap the work that has been done on the boat up until now, starting with when I was first shown Tally Ho in Oregon over 2 years ago.

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58. Ship of Theseus / Project Recap (Tally Ho EP 58)

7 thoughts on “58. Ship of Theseus / Project Recap

  1. What a fine thoughtful thought-provoking piece, Leo. And a lovely way to provide commentary on the recap pictures. Thank you. Sarah

  2. Watching the philosophical issue raised in episode58 raised by The Ship of Theseus I’m reminded of a scene (not in anyway denigrating Tally Ho) in Only fools and Horses worth a watch. (link below)
    On another note the idea that Tally Ho was formed and then re-formed from ancient timbers is thought provoking and she is as genuine now as ever she was.


  3. Suddenly the king was holding his mining ax again. “This, milord, is my family’s ax. We have owned it for almost nine hundred years, see. Of course, sometimes it needed a new blade. And sometimes it has required a new handle, new designs on the metalwork, a little refreshing of the ornamentation…but is this not the nine-hundred-year-old ax of my family? And because it has changed gently over time, it is still a pretty good ax, y’know. Pretty good. Will you tell me if this is a fake, too?”

    From “The Fifth Elephant” by Terry Pratchett.

    I enjoyed the philosophical nature of this latest video, but frankly it was never in doubt for me. The ship is the Tally Ho, and always will be. Just as the king’s ax was and always would be his family’s ax.

    In actual fact I believe she is more herself now than she has been all the years since the grounding on the reef since you have returned her original shape to her. Even if you hadn’t done that though, she would still be the Tally Ho. Just as she was throughout all those years between the grounding and when you started the rebuild. I have great respect for that decision though, as it made your life harder and the project longer. It was clearly done in the true spirit of bringing her back to life as a sailing vessel meant for the sea.

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching these videos over the last year or so since I found your project, Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have been following and making small Patreon contributions to your project since very early on. I am sailor and was a deck officer in both the British Merchant Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard.

    For what it’s worth I am absolutely convinced that the end product will still be Tally Ho irrespective of what percentage of of the hull (hulk?) you acquired is preserved. It would be interesting to know what was present on that craft that was actually installed by the original yard when it was built

    In any case I totally respect and admire the work you’re doing and it was once again awed by seeing the magnitude of the task and how you’ve handled it – especially the early single handed work. Keep up the great work

  5. A fascinating and intelligent exploration of the question. For me, the bottom line would always be: the results. If the “new” Tally Ho is a strong and seaworthy vessel, satisfying to sail, and one that closely resembles the original, then its authenticity is not in question. In other words: Whatever works is good.

    Personally, I’d be taking more liberties than Leo is. There would be epoxy. There would be laminations. Lord knows what other heresies might appear along the way.

    But that’s entirely vaporous speculation, because I wouldn’t have had the fortitude or the skills to take on this project in any event. Very few of us would.

    Thanks, Leo, for documenting your work in such a thorough and thoughtful form. Even though we out here in the bleachers are engaged in far less ambitious projects, these videos inspire us to work harder and better.

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