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Barnabas around Britain

Barnabas around Britain

They’re having fun, aren’t they? But – unless I’m having trouble finding them – please can those of us having a rather more humdrum summer of work have more posts and more pictures!

I should explain that Barnabas is the last surviving vessel from St Ives from the thousand or so lug-rigged seine and drift net fishing boats registered at Cornish ports at the turn of the 19th century.

She was built in St Ives for Barnabas Thomas, and was first registered on 28th October 1881 as a class 2 pilchard boat, but was later re-registered as a class 1 mackerel driver.

Matthew Atkin photographs Faversham

My globe trotting photographing brother Matthew Atkin usually sends collections of photos from exotic locations, but late last week he was staying in the old port of Faversham, and took a series of early morning photos that included competitors gathering for the weekend’s Swale Match.

I think he was particularly struck by the sight of sailing barge Repertor emerging from Faversham swathed in mist…

For more from this year’s Swale Match, see an earlier post.

The results for the match for barges only are here, but I haven’t found the results for other classes including smacks yet. However, I can tell you that Vic Maynard’s Emma and crew were first over the line among the smacks, and that they came third among the smacks on corrected time. For more about Emma, click here.

Here’s my mobile phone snap of grinning Vic with his cups, with crew member Arfur in the background.

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Competitors and visitors: the Swale Match 2015

The day dawned misty and fair, and with light winds that improved a great deal as the morning wore on. In the blazing sunshine it turned out to be a grand race. We went out in our little plastic boat and as I had guests on board and was rather busy, my pal Lyn Winter did me the favour of taking these photos. Thanks Lyn!

PS The wonderful Spitalfields Life website was on board one of the competing barges a couple of years back and produced a very nice post about it the event. My thanks to Julian Mannering of Seaforth Publishing for the tip!