Category Archives: wooden boat

Down the Avon, in a punt

Overbeck’s Museum, Salcombe, and a few views of the estuary and beyond

Some photos from the museum at Overbeck’s Museum, Salcombe and a few views… The shots include:

  • a model of a famous sailing ship Herzogin Cecilie, which was wrecked nearby
  • a model Brixham trawler (and an explanation of their work beam trawling)
  • a portrait of Captain William Port of Salcombe, master of the brig Phoenix
  • a splendid phot of a seaman’s family dated 1880
  • a story about a pair of parrots
  • Herr Overbeck’s famous medical electric shocking machine, a couple of boats for sale in Island Street
  • a model of an old Salcombe clipper in the Sailing Club (grand building, good food and cheap beer, by the way)
  • also in the club, a painting by celebrated Victorian artist Henry Moore, and a photo through an alley between two buildings that I wish I had taken…
  • some Mirrors on a beach – this lot are all fitted with little outboards and their retired owners seemed to use them to picnic at a different spot around the estuary every day. Good for them!
  • beach guards at surfing beach and Bantham, and the famous hotel on Burgh Island
  • some local traditionally built boats picked out among the RIBs
  • a mass of RIBs awaiting their generally red-trousered and stripey-shirted owners (following that, I’ve included a shot of a cheery looking dog on the beach at Mill Bay to cheer everyone up… )

Lought Erne’s cots are back

Lough Erne cots

The Cavan Town Men’s Shed and Lough Erne Heritage have built a pair of traditional cots and recreated a famous race. Cots used to be a regular form of transport in the Lakeland area of County Fermanagh.

My thanks to Malcolm Woods for the tip!