The story of Collar’s, the Whitstable boatyard

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Gamecock, built at Collar’s boatyard, Whitstable, in 1907. I took these
photos in Faversham Creek last weekend from the decks of Dorma, a
1923 Hillyard – thanks for the trip Steve!

I was charmed this week to find the story of Collar’s boatyard told by the Simply Whitstable website.

The yard remained for many years in he same family, and among their famous smacks are Rose and Ada, Gamecock and Emeline.

Simply Whitstable also has sections on sailing barges and on the town’s fishing industry, including material about the famous local oyster beds, spratting, whelking, various rescues – and tales of old boats.

For more on smacks generally, see the Sailing Smacks website and the Wikipedia.

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One thought on “The story of Collar’s, the Whitstable boatyard”

  1. She's a gorgeous boat and it's always a great sight to see her under sail. Just wish more of the Whitstable smacks and yawls still existed, because it's so much easy to pass on the history and heritage of the town when boats actually there during the oyster heyday can be seen and touched. Let's hope the Gamecock sails for many years to come.

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