Thames rowing skiff built by Stirling & Son

Stirling & Son 12ft Thames rowing skiff Impulse Stirling & Son 12ft Thames rowing skiff Impulse Stirling & Son 12ft Thames rowing skiff Impulse

Thames rowing skiff by Stirling & Son

This very handsome little boat is a Thames rowing skiff built recently by Devon-based Stirling & Son. As usual, click on the images for much larger photos, including the lower-middle shot showing the boat’s gold leaf detail.

Will Stirling is a great historian, so I don’t doubt it’s an accurate example of the type, and I gather the new boat’s owners are keeping her on the Thames at Henley. I’ve a half-cooked plan to get over that way this week, so will look out for her from the water if I get the opportunity.

Also new from Stirling & Son is the 12ft pulling boat named Impulse – see the photos below.

Stirlings will be at the Southampton Boat Show, and plan to display a pulling boat and a 14ft sailing dinghy.

The 14ft dinghy is currently on the drawing board, but will be of mahogany on oak with copper and bronze fastenings, bronze fittings, spruce spars and clipper canvas sails with traditional ash blocks. However, boatbuilding will have to wait – as Will himself is in North West Passage skippering a BBC camera boat for an attempt by explorer Jock Wishart to row to the Magnetic North Pole to highlight the extent of ice depletion in the Arctic.

Stirling & Son offer traditional yacht building and wooden boat repair and are based in Tavistock. Contact Will via the website or call 01822 614259.

Stirling & Son 12ft Thames rowing skiff Impulse

Stirling & Son 12ft Thames rowing skiff Impulse Stirling & Son 12ft Thames rowing skiff Impulse Stirling & Son 12ft Thames rowing skiff Impulse 

12 ft pulling boat by Stirling & Son

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