Category Archives: Working boats

Photos of cobles under sail from the Bridlington folks

These photos of cobles sailing shared by members of the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society are a delight. Cobles under sail have been a pretty rare sight for many decades and require particular skills – and I’ve seen only a fairly small number of photographs depicting them taken in the modern era.

Coble enthusiasts are looking forward to the town’s second Sailing Coble Festival on the 1st and 2nd July.

Facebookers might like to know that the society also has a Facebook page that has some very good photos.

Stunning videos of Portuguese Barco Rabelo being sailed and built

Rabelos are a traditional Portuguese cargo boat developed for transporting people and goods such as port wine along the Douro River to Porto.

The Wikipedia tells me that port wine companies continue to maintain a fleet of rabelos and race them each year on St John’s Day, June 24. It must be quite a sight.

My thanks to Dave Rowlands for spotting this one!

Lifeboat Francis Forbes Barton is back in her Thanet home

The 1896-built lifeboat Francis Forbes Barton is back on the Isle of Thanet after being rescued from Lincolnshire when she was in danger of being destroyed. She’s currently at Ramsgate Harbour.

Constructed at Birkenhead, she is said to have served at Broadstairs from 1897 to 1912 and at North Deal during World War I.

The Frances Forbes Barton Preservation and Restoration Trust is planning to raise funds and restore the lifeboat. Read about her here, here, here and perhaps best of all here. The trust also has a Facebook page.