Category Archives: wooden boat

Chris Perkins photographs the Thames Traditional Boat Festival

Award winning boat builder and early supporter of the Scottish Coastal Rowing movement Chris Perkins has been in touch with photos from a trip to the Thames Traditional Boat Festival. It’s great to hear from him after some time, and good too to see that the event has bounced back from its difficulties a little while ago.

To see more of his photos of the event click here. (You can also find your way to his other Flickr galleries Рhe has an impressive collection of photos.)

Here’s what he said about it: ‘This was the first time a trip south has coincided with the event. It’s rather different from the usual gatherings I attend, but there were some gorgeous boats to be seen as well as a few old friends. Feel free to extract anything you would like to use. Trust all is well with you and yours… ‘

We’re fine thanks Chris. I hope you’re doing well too, and many thanks for the photos! (Btw, these remain Chris’s copyright, soi please ask permission¬†before ‘borrowing’ his photos for another website.)

Old lifeboats rally at Fowey

Fowey held a rally for ex-lifeboats recently as these smashing photos by local chap Paul Richards show. Local boat builder Marcus Lewis reports that a great selection of ex-lifeboats turned up, and bright breezy weather helped the flags to fly.

All of the boats were made open to the public, who were asked for donations to the RNLI.

Thanks Marcus, and thanks also to Paul!

Dory-like flattie turf boat, found at Boulogne

We spotted this dory-like flattie in the castle moat at Boulogne, and guessed that it must be a traditional or historic type. Whatever it is, it’s interesting – it’s a kind of dory, but it has the look of a turf boat and in any case is an easy to build flattie, so long as wide planks are available.

I’m guessing the cut-off stern and transom are an adaptation for a small outboard.

Does anyone have more information?