Category Archives: Techniques

The IBTC opens at Portsmouth

tea 1 editIBTC Portsmouth and it’s satellite shipwright school at Buckler’s Hard have now opened their doors to the first cohort of boatbuilding students.

The group at Portsmouth are said to be the first boatbuilding students at the site since the 1960s – the photo shows the nine Portsmouth students enjoying a break in the sun last week.

The IBTC folks report that local reaction to the opening has been very positive.

The college now recruiting for July 2015 for the college’s 47-week City & Guilds wooden boatbuilding diploma at both Portsmouth and Lowestoft. April is the first course, with intakes in July, Sept and December 2015. Enrolling now.


A weekend of shanties and sea songs aboard Morning Star

Fancy a weekend of sailing, shanties and sea songs aboard the fabulous Medway-based sail training ship Morning Star in a few weeks time?

Boarding is at 6pm on Friday 29th May 2015 at Chatham Maritime Marina and disembarking is at the same place at 3pm on Sunday.

You’ll learn to sing and sail you go, using old hauling and heaving shanties, as well as raucous songs of ‘Jack Ashore’ and haunting homeward bound melodies sung by sailors past and present.

The costs are £144 under 26 years and £180 over 26 years; all meals from supper on day 1 to lunch on day 3 re included, along with use of life jacket, waterproofs and boots, and all sailing and singing tuition.

For more information contact the Morning Star folks at .

Wrinkles in Seamanship or a ‘Help’ to Salt Horse, by Lieut. C Cradock, RN, part 1

I love the advice about taking in the spanker very quietly to avoid waking the skipper.

In thought this book might be particularly useful for Mal Nicholson, master of HMS Pickle. As it happens, it’s only a few days late for his birthday…

Author Lieutenant C Cradock seems to be the same gentleman as Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher “Kit” George Francis Maurice Cradock a British officer of the Royal Navy who earned a reputation for great gallantry.

If he is the same Naval officer, he died fighting the German fleet led by Admiral Maximilian von Spee’s during the Battle of Coronel off the Chilean coast along with the entire crews of HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth, who together numbered 1570 men.  It is said that Cradock was outgunned and ill-equipped to fight Spee’s fleet.

These events followed soon after Rear-Admiral Ernest Troubridge was court martialled for failing to attack a superior enemy force.