It is a kind of miracle that I went past this composition many times in the five years I’ve been in Manchester, but it was only now that I finally took a photo of it. I should be quick to say that I know next to nothing about the sculpture, but it is impressive, especially when you get to stand in front of it. The sculpture stands in front of the old UMIST building, and, as a matter of fact, I live next door to it – UMIST that is, not the sculpture. Somehow I feel happy that I don’t have to see it from the window first thing in the morning. But it is a lovely reminder of reckless pirates and intrepid overseas explorers in our quickly developing megapolis.