Category Archives: Working boats

Mobile boatbuilding and repairman Simon Papendick gets to work on a coble

J-Start mobile boatbuilding and repairman Simon Papendick has been taking trips to North Yorkshire to work on a coble, and has been weblogging as he goes.

His photos are a striking illustration of how very differently these boats are built from anything else around our coast.

 

Catch up with Simon’s progress here.

Cargo carrying dhows film

This striking video comes from the Facebook page Historic Vessel Vega, which belongs to SailVega, a charity that operates the 120-odd year old Norwegian built vessel, delivering donated educational and medical supplies to isolated island communities in South East Asia. Donate here.

Here’s another from the same source:

The George Woods photographic collection: fishermen and boats at Hastings in the 1880s and 90s

George Woods Collection

The George Woods Collection of photographs held by East Sussex Libraries is a fantastic thing – and you can see it for yourself on Flickr.

Many of the photos are very posed – with men dressed in oilies on what are clearly dry, fair-weather days and girls in summer frocks – but they do present an interesting perspective on the gear that was in use. And some of the photos are clearly not posed at all…

George Woods was born the son of a draper in St. Albans, Hertfordshire in 1852, but after his father died became a successful stock market investor – which provided him with time to work on his photography.

During the late 1880s and early 1890s photographed Hastings beach and in the local countryside. He left the photos to his daughter Ethel, who donated most of his prints to Hastings Museum in the early 1960s shortly before she passed away. Woods’ glass plate negatives were acquired by local solicitor and historian, John E Ray, and were acquired by Hastings Library following  Mr Ray’s death.