The bateau was designed by Captain Thomas P Leathers of Kentucky, who is remembered for owning and commanding the steamboat Natchez, and for losing a dramatic race against the steamboat Robert E Lee commanded by Capt. JW Cannon in 1870.
Barbashela was a gift to Varina Anne ‘Winnie’ Davis of Biloxi, Mississippi, and the skiff was rowed on Oyster Bayou.
The plan is that the restored boat will be returned to the bayous in the Biloxi area.
PS – Weblogger ‘Clark’ reports that offsets and a materials list for the bateau have been completed up, and that drawings are to be available in the near future. So if you admire her, you could build your very own Barbashela. Thanks Clark!
National Historic Ships UK held its 2016 photography competition and Marsh Volunteer Awards ceremonies on board HQS Wellington on London’s Victoria Embankment last week.
The awards aim to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with historic vessels through photography, volunteering and by operating them, and encouraging the public to go on board at festivals and events held around the UK coasts, lakes, and rivers.
The £1,000 prize overall winner prize for the 2016 photography competition chosen from hundreds of entries was winner Yasmin Steele for her image, 50 Degrees South. It was chosen from hundreds of entries awarded by National Historic Ships UK.
Judge Rob Peake, who edits Classic Boat magazine, said the shot was a breathtaking photo that puts the viewer on the aft deck as the boat rolls in a roaring Southern Ocean blow. ‘It’s an accomplished shot too, taken no doubt with freezing hands, on the most unstable of platforms,’ he added.
Now in its sixth year, the Marsh Volunteer Awards supported by the Marsh Christian Trust recognise outstanding volunteers in the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK. This year the individual award went to Fred Attwood, who volunteers at Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust. He received a prize of £500.
The Marsh team volunteer award was presented to the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society engineering department for their efforts in operating and maintaining SS Daniel Adamson. The team received a prize of £1,000.
Jill Sim who volunteers at was presented with a special commendation and received a prize of £500.
The anual National Historic Ships flagship of the year award for operational vessels was awarded to Balmoral in recognition of her outstanding public programme. Regional flagship awards went to Kennet (Merseyside) and Excelsior (East Anglia).