Toby’s photos of flat-bottomed boats on the Dordogne river
Toby Churchill has sent in these shots of fishermen’s boats from the Dordogne, in France, which he found and photographed while holidaying with his family near Souillac. Here’s his story:
‘One day the lad and I took a Canadian canoe down the river. On the way we saw the old wooden boats, and later on, on a walk, we saw the others. The river, on the stretch we were on, consists of short sharp shallow rapids, and longer deep slow lagoons. Some stretches of the river are overlooked by quite steep cliffs – one enterprising fellow had a boathouse cut into the cliff, about 20 feet up, with davits to lower his barque into the river.’
For an intheboatshed.net post about the flat-bottomed boats of the Loire, click here; for a still earlier post about flat-bottomed boats in France, click here.
I promised a few more of my brother Matt’s photos from Hanoi, and here they are. You can see the earlier post here.
There’s an interesting thread on Vietnamese boats at the Woodenboat Forum and an English language website devoted to the boats of Vietnam here.
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Dorma owner and pal Steve Taylor sent us this link to a priceless piece of 1950s British Pathe film clip promoting yet another great British product that as usual never caught on – though I’d guess that it will catch the interest of some of our friends in the USA. See it here.