My globe trotting photographing brother Matthew Atkin usually sends collections of photos from exotic locations, but late last week he was staying in the old port of Faversham, and took a series of early morning photos that included competitors gathering for the weekend’s Swale Match.
I think he was particularly struck by the sight of sailing barge Repertor emerging from Faversham swathed in mist…
For more from this year’s Swale Match, see an earlier post.
The results for the match for barges only are here, but I haven’t found the results for other classes including smacks yet. However, I can tell you that Vic Maynard’s Emma and crew were first over the line among the smacks, and that they came third among the smacks on corrected time. For more about Emma, click here.
Here’s my mobile phone snap of grinning Vic with his cups, with crew member Arfur in the background.
Reader Julian Distin has been in touch to ask for information about another boat named Fiddle of Faversham – he noticed the recent post about a square-sterned Fiddle of Faversham, but the boat of the same name he wants to find out about has – or had – a counter stern.
Julian last saw her in Brixham harbour. She was getting a bit tatty but she was a pretty clinker-built boat of 22-26ft with low freeboard aft – possibly accentuated by water in the bilge – and had the all round appearance of a working boat pedigree. She looked like she could have been used for oyster dredging.
Julian’s hoping to find out whether this other Fiddle was built at or near Faversham, whether there are any surviving vessels of similar type in the area, and who the builder is likely to have been.
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The folks of Faversham held a launching ceremony for a 14-foot punt named Kingfisher on the town’s Stonebridge pond on Sunday.
The punt was built by local long-term unemployed people under the direction of local boatbuilder Alan Thorne under a Department of Work and Pensions-funded educational scheme, and is to be used by a local organisation, the Friends of Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond for clearing ancient waterways between the pond and the tidal head of Faversham Creek.
Alan’s workshop is in the Faversham Creek Trust’s building, which is housed in an old gasworks by the head of the Creek.
The waterways are remnants of an old gunpowder works that used leather-bound boats to transport gunpowder (rather than iron-bound wheeled carts) in order to avoid striking sparks.
The boatbuilding project was managed by The Creek Learning Project in partnership with the Brents Community Association, and aims to help local unemployed people gain the confidence to get into work or volunteering.
Friends of Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond chair Fern Alder (wearing a yellow jacket in the photos above) said ‘I would like to say a big thank you, on behalf of the whole group, for the truly beautiful and very useful punt that has been made for us.’
My thanks go to the FCT’s Griselda Mussett for the photos.
Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects – constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques. Contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07865 091155.