Photos of the local creek by Faversham residents will be on show at the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
From what I can see, it’s an interesting, often quirky collection, and all the better for it. For details – and to catch a glimpse of some of the photos – see the Picture the Creek website.
I have to say that I think this is a cracking idea, and I hope lots of people take the opportunity to go and see the show. My only regret is that non-residents were not allowed to enter – so you won’t find any photos of this regular creek user.
Professional Essex boat builder, restorer, travelling boat maintenance man and enthusiastic weblogger Simon Papendick (read his stuff here) is setting up a register of vessels built by the Whitstable firm of Anderson, Rigden and Perkins, and is calling for owners to get in touch.
Contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The boat photographed above is Simon’s Anderson, Rigden and Perkins-built Gadfly II before its current refit.
Part of the the aim is to demonstrate the range of yachts that Anderson, Rigden and Perkins built, and to provide a forum for yacht owners to get in touch with each other, piece together bits of history, help each other with technical issues and so on.
The company is the subject of a book by Faversham boat builder Alan Staley, but I gather there are gaps in the history because many of the records were burnt in a fire at the boatyard, while other material was destroyed after a local library was unable to provide a home for them.
Looking around the World Wide Web, I notice that there’s this article from The Whitstable Times that neatly summarises the Anderson, Rigden and Perkins’ history – which includes motor boats, vessels for the Admiralty and a lot of repair work during World War II. However, it likely dates from before the period of its success with the well known fibreglass Anderson 22 lifting keel sailing cruiser and racer.