Tag Archives: Faversham

Possible bronze age log boat found at Hollowshore, near Faversham

Bronze age boat at Hollowshore

Oooh – look what they’ve found lurking in the mud at Hollowshore. The folks who did the work are SWAT Archaeology, and hopefully there will be a report at some point…

It’s such a special place, there’s no question.

Mouseboat building at the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building workshops

Mouseboat building at the Faversham Creek Trust's Purifier Building

Here’s a sight to gladden a chap’s heart – five Mouseboats being built at boatbuilder Alan Thorne’s workshop in the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building. (To contact Alan, see the little ad in the left hand column of this weblog.)

The project is part of a Department for Business, Innovation & Skills training programme, and I’m hoping the little boats will be put to use on the Creek – not least a goodly amount of messing about, perhaps also the occasional race…

Mouseboat plans are available at Duckworks Boat Builder’s Supply and the Mouseboats Yahoogroup (which is where plans for this flat-bottomed Mouse can be found). There are also plans in my book, Ultrasimple Boatbuilding. If you choose to buy the book though, avoid the Kindle version, as I’ve heard the drawings are difficult to see.

Matthew Atkin photographs Faversham

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.

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