Category Archives: Boating, boats, ships and the sea

Does anyone have information about the New Zealand Mullet Boat Esma?

 

MULLET BOAT.....  ESMA  H4 001

Gillian Williamson, who is based in New Zealand, has been in touch asking for information about her father’s Mullet Boat, Esma, which she thinks was number 26. She also seems to have been numbered H or H4 – perhaps this will make sense to someone who understands Mullet Boat numbering!

Read about the Mullet Boat class here.

Her dad’s name was Tom Hollows. He owned Esma from late 1950s to early 1960s, and lived in Whangarei, so she was moored at the Whangarei town basin. He sailed others including the Ronaki.

He added the small shelter over the cockpit of Esma, so in the shot she looks a bit different to the way she was in earlier photos.

Also, Gillian would be delighted to know if anyone has a copy of the book Mullet Boats and Quotes by Noel Mitchell that they would be happy to sell, as Esma appears in its pages. Contact me a gmatkin@gmail.com and I’ll pass any messages on to Gillian.

Reprinted railway posters available on eBay

Stunning, aren’t they? eBay operators Rodstar Posters is selling a range of prints of prints of old railway company advertising posters, many of them featuring coastal, seaside and maritime themes, along with many others. If only there were more empty walls in our house, I’d happily invest in quite a few!

My thanks to Malcolm Woods foor the tipoff!

Barge crew are still singing

The Bargeman’s Alphabet, sung by mate on the barges, trainee barge skipper, Barge Trust supporter and great pal Mick Nolan, and it just proves that barge crew are still singing songs associated with the barge trade, in the old way. Good for him! Call me an old romantic, but I find it all very heartening!