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Some romantic Light Trow photos

Light Trow on the  beach

Light Trow on the  beach Light Trow on the  beach

Onawind Blue on the beach for a photo session

Dreamer that he is, Ben Crawshaw took his handsome Light Trow named Onawind Blue down to the beach for some more photos. See:
Whisky and soda at the Invisible Workshop.

I love the way this boat is coming together and the painterly way he often photographs her- as this is the prototype, I pray almost nightly that it works as well as it looks!

For more on the Light Trow and its ancestor the Fleet Trow:
‘Phwoar!’, says Light Trow builder Ben Crawshaw

Download the Light Trow plans here:

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The launch of the John Nash skiff Belem John Smith shallop detail

Softwing, a Truro river oyster dredger John Smith 400 Beth has had its new-style presentation for some days now, and I hope you are quickly getting used to the new three-column layout.

The idea behind the change was to make navigation easier – the old right-hand column was so long I was sure many readers never found it, and dividing its site navigation contents between two short columns on each side seems very much better.

I expect to tweak the design over the coming weeks, not least because I miss the airy, comforting quality of the old green and cream colour scheme. If I can work out how to use the style-sheet side of this new layout, I may go back to it while keeping the new three-column arrangement.

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The Short Flatner is launched

Short Flatner

The Short Flatner is launched

The Short Flatner on the water and on the ramp at Watchet harbour

Fans of the unique traditional Somerset flatner family of British flat-bottomed small turf, river and sea boats will be interested to learn that there’s a new baby among the fleet: the Short Flatner.

Watchet Boat Museum honorary curator John Nash developed and built her, so I’ll let him tell the story. But before he begins, I should explain that John Short was a well known local character and provided folklorist Cecil Sharp with a long list of great sea songs. There’s a list of the songs and a surprisingly large collection of photos of Short at the English Folk Dance & Song Society website.

I’ve heard that Short earned the nick-name Yankee Jack simply because he had once crossed the Atlantic by ship at a time when the world was a bigger place than it is today, but who knows what the real reason may have been? My old friend Tom Brown offers a talk on the topic.

I’ll let John Nash tell his story of the new boat his way: Continue reading The Short Flatner is launched