Category Archives: Culture: songs, stories, photography and art

Traditions and culture relevant to the world of real boating and sailors

Wanted: Capstan cigarette brand drifter poster

Wills Capstan poster

Fishing boat author, editor and all round herring expert Mike Smylie (AKA Kipperman) is on the hunt for an original example of this fabulous old poster showing a steam drifter in rough weather.

If anyone has one they would be happy to sell, please either drop me a line at gmatkin@gmail.com and I’ll pass the message on, or contact Mike via his website!

 

Reprinted railway posters available on eBay

Stunning, aren’t they? eBay operators Rodstar Posters is selling a range of prints of prints of old railway company advertising posters, many of them featuring coastal, seaside and maritime themes, along with many others. If only there were more empty walls in our house, I’d happily invest in quite a few!

My thanks to Malcolm Woods foor the tipoff!

Barge crew are still singing

The Bargeman’s Alphabet, sung by mate on the barges, trainee barge skipper, Barge Trust supporter and great pal Mick Nolan, and it just proves that barge crew are still singing songs associated with the barge trade, in the old way. Good for him! Call me an old romantic, but I find it all very heartening!