Stirling & Son
Will Stirling is fascinated by the boats of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Small boats of this era have no equal in beauty, he says: the bluff shapes of the 18th century had become finer for speed, while the deep sections, firm beam and strong forefoot speak of a good grip in the water and lots of stability to stand up to a large rig.
Since early September Will has been building the lugger Alert at Morewellham in Cornwall, with reference to plans he has studied at the Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and at Exeter University, where he is also doing a part-time MA in Maritime History.
Alert has clinker planking, a lute stern, and typically bold curves that make the transition from buoyant hull above water to a fine entry, long keel and smooth run aft below. With 80 square foot of canvas per ton displacement, Will says she’ll be a powerful little vessel.
Will’s site includes some excellent reading, and his photo gallery is a treat. I’ll be coming back time and again over the next few months to follow his progress with this project.
Will also makes and sells clinker rowing dinghies at a cost of Â£220 per foot, including leathered sweeps, a choice between thole pins or rowlocks, a ring-bolt through stem and stern post and removable sole boards.
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Details of the Beale Park Thames Boat Show 2007 are now on-line here:
We’re promised boats ranging from dinghies and dayboats to cruisers and narrowboats, traditional boatbuilding crafts, free river trips and and opportunities to try out a range of boats.
In fact it sounds just like previous Beale Park Boat Shows – and if it is like them, it’ll be an interesting, busy and entertaining day out. The picture tells you what to expect, I’m quite sure!
Just to give you a foretaste, here is a handful of links to exhibitors that might interest readers of www.intheboatshed.net
Henwood & Dean:
International Boatbuilding Training College:
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Tollesbury Sailing Club is no ordinary sailing club. For one thing it has a long history dating back to just after the First World War. For another, it has a membership that owns and maintains some impressive boats, including a range of East Coast smacks. And, finally, it has an enterprising webmaster who, as we’ve seen, has put up some extremely useful material on knot tying, sailing in the area, visiting the club and more.
Tonight, however, I’d like to draw your attention to the club’s photo galleries.
The pictures above come from the Tollesbury Smack & Classic Yacht Race a few months ago in early September. Great shots! There are West Solent One-Designs here, a variety of smacks, and a little modern Drascombe Lugger.
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While you’re there, it’s worth having a look around the site’s other departments, including the refit of the Charlotte Ellen a few years ago, and the page of photos of traditional boats found around the Blackwater.