I think this nice little video tells its tale very well, and I would love to think that similar projects around our coast could transform both the lives of the youngsters involved and also the places where they are take place.
Of course projects very like this are already taking place in Faversham, and well done to the townspeople and the Faversham Creek Trust for making it happen (see this example and also this one). Let’s have more.
My thanks to Alan Thorne for leading me to this YouTube.
The history of East Coast block makers Barton Marine of Whitstable is the subject of next month’s talk at Arthur Beale Yacht Chandlers in Shaftsbury Avenue, London, from 6:45pm on Thursday the 5th March 2015.
The talk is to be presented by Barton Marine sales manager Christian Brewer.
Barton Marine is well known for making blocks. The company was established as RSJ Barton in 1948 by Whitstable shipwright and boat builder Ron Barton, who was was one of the first to use the fabric-based laminated plastic known as Tufnol, and also one of the first to use stainless steel to make blocks for yachting that were much lighter and stronger than previously achievable.
In the 1960s the introduction of glass reinforced plastic boats brought sailing to a larger audience, and demand for Barton’s lightweight and cost effective products continued to grow.
Ron realised that Tufnol was labour-intensive and therefore costly – so set about re-designing the entire Barton product range to become the first marine company to use a new plastic injection moulding process using revolutionary fibre glass-reinforced plastic materials.
It should prove to be a fascinating tale, and there are rumours that there may be some interesting East Coast marine engineers in the audience.
Book a place by emailing: email@example.com
The entry fee is £5.00 – but you’ll get their money back if you make a shop purchase to the value of £15.00 or more. Attendees will also get a special discount voucher to use when purchasing Barton Products from Arthur Beale’s.
This is Prince Helfrich, a pioneering river runner, leading an expedition down the Owyhee River in the mid-sixties.
My thanks to reader John Ost of Portland, Oregon, for the tip-off. John tells me he has made the same trip with his wife and friends in his drift boat several times – he does it as the river is dropping and is clearer than it was when this film was made.