Category Archives: River boats

Bobbing Up and Down Like This

Here are some British people having some remarkably innocent fun on the Thames in 1951. I wonder whether they could be persuaded to do this today? Perhaps I should try singing it somewhere… perhaps at New Year’s Eve.

My thanks to Intheboatshed regular Paul Mullings for the link.

The song is actually a bona fide sea song that bears the title Sons of the Sea, according to the Wikipedia.

There’s another snippet of the same silly entertainment in a Huggets series film from the same period.

Colour on the Thames, 1935

Colour on the Thames (1935) – a boat study, a film-poem, a picture postcard – and, in 1935, probably something of an experiment too. Photography by Adrian Klein, colour by Gaspar-Color.

A-raters sailing at close quarters on the Thames

A-raters racing at Bourne End on the Thames. My thanks to Fowey boatbuilder Marcus Lewis for spotting this one!

Read about the A-raters here,