Category Archives: History

Canoe tricks with Reg Blomfield

A charming 1930s film made at Stoney Lake, Ontario showing improbable things being done with a Canadian canoe. My thanks to Bob Holtzman for spotting this one…

Barnabas around Britain

Barnabas around Britain

They’re having fun, aren’t they? But – unless I’m having trouble finding them – please can those of us having a rather more humdrum summer of work have more posts and more pictures!

I should explain that Barnabas is the last surviving vessel from St Ives from the thousand or so lug-rigged seine and drift net fishing boats registered at Cornish ports at the turn of the 19th century.

She was built in St Ives for Barnabas Thomas, and was first registered on 28th October 1881 as a class 2 pilchard boat, but was later re-registered as a class 1 mackerel driver.

Edwin Hunt, lighterman

Edwin ‘Ted’ Hunt is a man of amazing experiences, and some wonderful stories, as this striking YouTube shows. I’m told that at 95, he’s still with us.

He wrote the illuminating notes below for teaching lightermen – and I share them because I’m sure they are still useful and worth knowing for anyone who operates barges and other craft on the London River. My thanks to Chriss Hallam for posting on the Thames Sailing Barges Facebook page.

Lighterman Edwin Hunt's notes