Cobles; a double-ended coble, and oar details
As a soft southern keyboard-tapping desk jockey, I can get chilled just going to buy groceries at Tesco’s. So naturally there are some particularly tough communities that I feel bound to admire, and one of these groups is fishing communities.
Tonight, therefore, I’m going to post some links to material about fishermen working from cobles along the English North-East coast, including Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland where after a tide’s fishing the lads had to get back to their fishing station against the prevailing winds, no matter how bad the weather for there was no other shelter, and then had to land them on open beaches often in surf.
It hardly needs to be said that these tough conditions bred some pretty special seamen, and some very special boats. So here are some links about the boats, including some written and spoken memories from the people who use them.
An excellent set of National Lottery-funded pages from the.
Wikipedia on cobles.
Cobles in H Warington-Smyth’s.
This model of the Grace Darling in the National Maritime Museum clearly shows the coble’s unusual deep bows, flat stern and striking powder-horn sheerline.
Filey’s Coble Preservation Society restores the.
Peter Weightman talking about cobles at .
John Tickner’s photos of.
Memories of cobles at Craster on the Northumberland coast.
Wally Simpkin on.
Filey memories of cobles.
Seaham memories of Science Museum description of the boats).(appears below the
South West Maritime History Society on .
Finally, here’s a painting of Whitby Harbour at dawn, which is still a great place to see cobles.
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