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Tollesbury Sailing Club revisited

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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.

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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.


Fishing in Scotland a century ago

Resources for Learning in Scotland (RLS) has what it calls a Pathfinder Pack on fishing in Scotland in the 1900s, when most Scottish fishing boats were powered by wind and muscle. But things were about to change: steam power had just arrived and the internal combustion engine began to be used later in the decade:…/record.php?usi=000-000-001-269-L

The historical material is good but if you open the main site ( and search for fishing a wealth of potentially very interesting images comes up in thumbnail form, but that’s all. Could this be the most frustrating website I’ve seen this year? Yes it could!!!

I could understand it if the photos were in danger of being used commercially in some way, but they’re not – in fact, they’re so small they’re not only painful to look at but would still be unprintable at 10 or more times their current size. Oh well… Perhaps if someone they might listen to could mention it?

Would you like to see your project here?

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Just about everyone who comes to these pages is some kind of boat nut, and I’m a boat nut too. I’d like to make this weblog as interesting and useful to us all as possible, and I want to fill it with news and photographs about:

•Projects about old boats, historic boats, traditionally-built boats, and traditionally-derived boats.

•Boating history and traditions.

•The skills involved, the craftsmen and the available training.

So, whether you own these kinds of boats, work on them, sell them, build them, paint or photograph them, write about their history, design them, run a club or organise events, or collect old songs and stories connected with them – if you would like to bring your projects to the attention of a wider public, email me now at!