Category Archives: Traditional clinker

Clinker plans and boatbuilding

Bill Dowell renovates a clinker dinghy

Finesse sailor Bill Dowell has a very nice weblog about his current project – restoring a small clinker built dinghy. Take a look and wish him luck!

Peggy the coble

There’s something wonderful and graceful about the coble Peggy. There are some boats I could look at for hours, and she’s one of them…

From the NE Maritime Trust website, I learn Peggy was built at Amble in 1924, and was sold first to Beadnell, then Seahouses. Later she moved to Amble and Hartlepool, from where she was bought by an NEMT member.

Now she has been extensively restored with a lot of the work being done at South Shields by Fred Crowell. Fabulous stuff…

Robert Manry and his extraordinary tale of small boat-big ocean survival

Robert Manry’s amazing West-East Atlantic crossing in a heavily overloaded 13ft 6in boat and his subsequent fame was now so long ago, I feel pretty sure even most sailing types have probably forgotten about his remarkable achievement.

So hats off to Steve Wystrach and colleagues for his efforts to produce a crowd-funded film designed to remind the world and to commemorate the event.

Manry was a sub-editor in his working life, so looking at the project website I was tickled to be reminded that the lone sailor had taken a copy of Strunk’s The Elements of Style with him, presumably to keep him on the straight and narrow as he wrote his log. Or was it to keep him company?

I read and was fascinated by Manry’s book a couple of decades ago, after finding a second hand copy in a shop somewhere. If you’re inspired to read it there are various e-book editions available via the Robert Manry Project site.

My thanks to John Simpson for reminding me about this story.