Over at boatbuilder Mark Rolt’s yard in Bristol, the bawley Fiddle of Faversham, is in for repair and has got a new mast – the photo below shows why!
The boat in the background isn’t Fiddle, btw – see her here.
Pembrookshire based Bill Dowell is clearly a devoted chap: he’s a man who enjoys restoring and maintaining clinker-built boats, and has a particular interest in Redwing sailing dinghies, designed by Uffa Fox for racing on the open sea.
The latest object of his attentions is Nanw, a strongly built 15ft rowing and outboard dinghy built at Penarth some decades ago, and which remained in the Pembrokeshire area.
Bill believes she was used in the making of the Robin Hood movie starring Russell Crowe, which included scenes shot at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire during the summer of 2009.
He runs a weblog about his exploits with the small clinker hulls (which I intend to follow), and another about cruising his Finesse 24.
She was financed by the old 64-share system in which communities shared in the profits of building a ship, and built near Falmouth in Cornwall by a shipyard owned by John Stephens of Devoran, and designed by William Foreman Ferris.
The plan is to salvage the vessel this spring and move her to Cornwall, where the work will begin.
Author, researchwer and director of the National Maritime Museum Basil Greenhill said that: ‘This vessel, a relatively large schooner of 130 tons gross, was to be famous for her speed along all the west coast of England as long as she remained afloat. Her speed came from her narrow beam, for she was less than twenty-two feet wide, from her fine run and her raked and flaring clipper bow. She had a rake on her stem of over twenty degrees. The Rhoda Mary was a work of some genius.’