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This is the handsome steam launch and pleasure boat Gondola, first built by railway tycoon Sir James Ramsden in the 1850s to take tourists on tours of Coniston Water, and later rebuilt in the 1980s.
The local railway was originally built to transport raw materials mined in the Coniston Fells to Barrow in Furness from where they were shipped out to their final destination. Sir James saw the potential for Continue reading Gondola on Coniston Water
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
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We’ve just received a press release from the people who run the Beale Park Boat Show – it’s going to be bigger and better than ever, and there will even be an arena offering entertainment for visitors. And this year they’re planning to hand out the show brochure for free!
We’ve also received an Exhibitor list, which I’m sure will probably interest intheboatshed.net readers.
The release starts here:
Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2007
Friday, June 8 â€“ Sunday, June 10
Boats galore, FREE river trips, displays on the lake, demonstrations, Continue reading Beale Park Thames Boat Show details and exhibitor list