Sharon Day has been in touch with these photos and some information about an old It measures 27ft Thames skiff she’s selling.
The maker’s unknown, but it is thought to have been an Eton College boat, and is dated 1912.
It’s built in mahogany and was found in the loft of the Green Jack brewery at Oulton Broad. The bottom has had 6-7 new planks, and a coaming and decking was added for the Great River Race, but this is said to be easily removable and does not affect the original structure.
It was originally two-oared but has been adapted to four oars, but again it still has the original parts including footboards, rolling seatsa and outriggers, and could returned to its original arrangement.
The skiff competed in The Great River Race between 1997 and 2002, but has been unused and stored in a barn since then.
A trailer is included, and the boat would have to be collected from Hingham in Norfolk.
If anyone’s interested, please drop me a line at email@example.com and I’ll pass the message on to Sharon.
Mark Savage has been in touch with the following message:
‘I am the owner of True Blue a 42 ft Morgan Giles narrowboat. I have spent the last three years working on her.
‘She is the last one left in her class and a fine example…
‘I have tried to find a home mooring for this beautiful craft, but cannot find one at a reasonable cost, and she is very much in danger of being struck by traditional metal narrowboat, this would be such a terrible loss, not only for me, but as a fine example of a Morgan Giles vessel built for the waterways.
‘I am trying to sell her – I am running out of time and I’m sad to say that this vessel will be lost for ever. She does indeed deserve to be preserved as part of the heritage of the waterways.’
There’s an ad on Apollo Duck – if you’re interested, click here and perhaps start researching vessel’s background…
The Cornish lugger Peter Goss and his crew used to sail to Australia a couple of years back (read this and this), Spirit of Mystery, is up for sale on eBay.
She was built in Millbrook, Cornwall by Chris Rees, and is heavily built in larch on oak, and has an open plan interior.
The owner says she is great fun to sail and can be sailed easily by a crew of two, though he has thended to sail her as standing lug so that no dipping is needed.
Frankly, it’s nearly impossible to describe how desirable I find this boat… if only I had the money and time!