Category Archives: Working boats

NMMC sets up international vernacular craft database

Vernacular craft database

National Maritime Museum Cornwall scholars are assembling a database of details of craftsman-built boats from around the world that are known to be in the UK and are appealing for information about suitable craft that should be added.

See the index here.

Many of those identified so far are held in museum and other collections, but they turn up in some strikingly unexpected places – including a Sri Lankan boat that is part of a shop display on the isle of Skye.

The craft should be essentially craftsman-built rather than designed by a designer or marine architect, locally-built and suitable for local conditions. Most are working boats which were used for fishing and transport.

Kathleen & May, coasting schooner

Read about here here.

A new magazine for traditional boat enthusiasts

Classic Sailor

Classic Sailor is a new magazine about traditional and classic boats from ex-Classic Boat editor Dan Houston and Peter Willis that promises rather more coverage of the traditional craft around our coast than we’ve often seen in Classic Boat in recent years.

The second issue is said to be in the shops now, and includes:

  • news and features including 16 pages of practical advice
  • a visit to Maldon, home of traditional sailing on the East Coast, with the town regatta in full swing
  • a 120-year-old workboat in Cornwall that is still being raced today
  • a new Andrew Wolstenholme trailer sailer
    correspondents reporting from Scotland and Galicia, and the new offshore rowing phenomenon gripping Essex and Suffolk
  • the Edwardian world of Albert Strange and his last cruise
  • Tobias Smollett, who struggled with 18-century shipboard discipline, but became the undisputed father of the naval novel
  • getting away from the dock under control, understanding variation and deviation on our compasses, and discuss the merits of the new wonder rope Dyneema
  • association news this month including XODs, a 50th anniversary for Folkboats types, and a Finesse owners’ rally

I think we should wish them well (even if their successful could mean there’s no need for poor little… Find out more here.