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National Trust replaces famous Lindisfarne Castle boatsheds

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Photo by Catherine Atkinson

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We must now be a recognised part of the meeja – we’ve received another interesting press release today announcing that the Lindisfarne boatsheds have been replaced. It’s great also to be able to celebrate some more great sheds – it’s been too long since the our last post on this important topic. Perhaps we should make sheds a category of their own?

I remember the original up-turned boatsheds from the one time I visited Lindisfarne in the 1970s, when I was a student in the area. They remind me very much of Halfpenny Cottage at Hastings, which is similarly made from an upturned half-boat.

Anyway, here’s the information the way the National Trust tells it:

Official opening of restored boatsheds at Lindisfarne Castle

The iconic upturned boats that replace those tragically destroyed by fire at Lindisfarne Castle officially open to the public.

The boats that sit below the castle are familiar landmarks on Holy Island. Continue reading National Trust replaces famous Lindisfarne Castle boatsheds


Three Men in a Boat

Jerome K Jerome

Jerome K Jerome

It seems a little odd to post a link to an eBook of a classic Victorian English novel, but that’s what I’m going to do tonight.

Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat… To Say Nothing of the Dog describes a journey on the Thames by three young men and a small dog in a Thames skiff equipped for camping. It’s a classic of boating literature and of Victorian English life, and seems to me to be a prototype for every road movie I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t had occasion to read it yet, I strongly recommend it Continue reading Three Men in a Boat

Maritime Prints

RMS Mauretania Gravesend J Class

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I’ve been looking at sites offering marine prints for ages, but this is one that I’ve only just found.

Most sites selling marine art focus on contemporary artists, but the Maritime Prints approach is interestingly different: its emphasis is on prints made from paintings held in private collections, and which members of the general public are unlikely to see any other way.

Mainly the prints are naval, but as you will see from the thumbnails above, they also include yacht racing scenes, famous liners coming into port and so on. Well worth a look, I’d say.