Category Archives: Working boats

The Fishing and Heritage Museum, Folkestone

We dropped into the Fishing and Heritage Museum at Folkestone at the weekend – it’s crammed with interesting objects such as boat models – but the best things the little museum has is a fine set of old photographs, and helpful volunteers ready to answer questions.

I was intrigued that so many models of fishing vessels were of boats that had been built in Cornwall. The answer, it turns out, is that Folkestone’s boats used to be beach boats launched off the beach and designed to land and be hauled up at the end of a trip – like many of those elsewhere along the South Coast. However, once the harbour was built in the early 19th Century a different type of boat was needed. Such vessels were not built locally and so Cornish boats were brought in.

Here are some favourites… Some brave lifeboatmen and fishermen, a grand old boy with his melodeon and dog, some models and a priceless bit of local weather lore.

Peggy the coble

There’s something wonderful and graceful about the coble Peggy. There are some boats I could look at for hours, and she’s one of them…

From the NE Maritime Trust website, I learn Peggy was built at Amble in 1924, and was sold first to Beadnell, then Seahouses. Later she moved to Amble and Hartlepool, from where she was bought by an NEMT member.

Now she has been extensively restored with a lot of the work being done at South Shields by Fred Crowell. Fabulous stuff…

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.