Award winning boat builder and early supporter of the Scottish Coastal Rowing movement Chris Perkins has been in touch with photos from a trip to the Thames Traditional Boat Festival. It’s great to hear from him after some time, and good too to see that the event has bounced back from its difficulties a little while ago.
To see more of his photos of the event click here. (You can also find your way to his other Flickr galleries – he has an impressive collection of photos.)
Here’s what he said about it: ‘This was the first time a trip south has coincided with the event. It’s rather different from the usual gatherings I attend, but there were some gorgeous boats to be seen as well as a few old friends. Feel free to extract anything you would like to use. Trust all is well with you and yours… ‘
We’re fine thanks Chris. I hope you’re doing well too, and many thanks for the photos! (Btw, these remain Chris’s copyright, soi please ask permission before ‘borrowing’ his photos for another website.)
Here’s a set of photos from Wivenhoe – the sort of selection I call a harbour stroll, although this one includes a few scenes from the town itself, the view over to Rowhedge, the graves of a member of the legendary Sainty family of ship builders and Able Seaman Benjamin Clover Snood, who fought with Nelson at Trafalgar.
I’m intrigued by the small but elegant clinker-built sailing yachts with racing tendencies… Are they Folkboats up to their chins in mud, or something of the same idea fitted with a lifting keel or twin keels?