The legendary giant squid sea monster is real. Perhaps not quite as big as this picture suggests, but I wouldn’t fancy the chances of a human who got into a fight with one… They’re capable of eating two to three metre fish, apparently.
How do we know this creature exists? Biologists at New Zealand’s AUT University recently dissected a defrosted one and the whole thing is on YouTube.
For an earlier Intheboatshed.net post about giant sea monsters, click here.
Can we save UK’s Oldest Fishing Vessel, celebrate the unique Fal Oyster and help recruit youth into a traditional sailing fleet. from Fal Oyster on Vimeo.
I’m not sure about the claim that Shadow is the oldest fishing boat in Britain (see Boadicea, Emma and another local star Vivid), but that doesn’t change the story in a way that matters a jot in the grand scheme of things – those Fal folks have a good idea and I hope they succeed.
From 1946, this British Council explained something to me about the genius of Parson’s invention that I hadn’t previously grasped – the role of the fixed vanes in the steam turbines that used to power mighty liners and other ships. And of course it’s yet another wonderful example of how differently we spoke in those days…
My thanks to Andrew Craig-Bennett for spotting this one.
Our friend Malcolm Woods spotted this little gem of a film showing Biddy the legendary Hastings tub man in action nearly a century ago – his tub and various cuttings and photos are still in the fisherman’s museum at Hastings, but this really brings his particular crazy way of making a living to life. Thanks Malcolm!
Could he be the saltiest man whoever lived? He certainly sounds like he could be!
Classic Yacht TV has been set up to offer short documentaries from the classic yachting and work boat scene on a monthly basis.
The folks behind it are London-based photographer and multimedia artist Emily Harris, who grew up sailing and sculling on the East Coast of England in smacks, yachts and dinghies, and photography and film production expert Robin Weaser.
They say they’re looking for advertising and I wish them better luck in that direction than Intheboatshed has experienced – despite notching up more than 18,000 uniques a month…