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Was the Cutty Sark dead before she burned?

Belem

Belem – the ship Adam Nicolson will never forget.
Photo via the Wikipedia Commons and taken by Georges Jansoone

There’s an interesting and highly opinionated feature article in yesterday’s The Guardian that made me stop and think, and may interest many readers of intheboatshed.net.

Article author Adam Nicolson compares the static state of Britain’s great old sailing ships – HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and of course Cutty Sark imprisoned in its dry dock at Greenwich – with the French cocoa boat Belem, which still sails regularly with the support of a substantial financial trust.

As he writes about his experience of sailing on the Belem, it’s clear that she made a huge impression on him; he says he would have wept Continue reading Was the Cutty Sark dead before she burned?

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More on the John Smith 400 shallop

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John Smith shallop detail

This collection of detail photos has kindly been sent in by our friend Ed Bachmann, a regular reader and supporter of http://intheboatshed.net, and the fella who first alerted me to the John Smith Shallop. Many thanks Ed!

For more on this boat, see A 400-year-old shallop built and sailed again

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Softwing, a Truro river oyster dredger

Softwing

24-ft Truro River oyster dredger Softwing at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Visitors to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall this summer can take 90-minute cruises around Carrick Roads and the Fal estuary aboard Softwing, a 24-ft traditional Truro River oyster dredger.

Designed to be operated by one man, Softwing was built at Yard Point, Penpol Creek in 1900 by Frank Hitchens. A working boat for sixty years, she was first Continue reading Softwing, a Truro river oyster dredger