The life and times of John Short of Watchet 1839-1933

Buy this book here. Most of us have heard and enjoyed singing sea shanties at some point. From books by yachting writers of the past (Francis B Cooke, for example) we know they enjoyed singing them a century ago (in the same era as some of the the collectors were collecting the songs), and composers and film makers have long used … Continue reading “The life and times of John Short of Watchet 1839-1933”

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1950s Motor Torpedo Boat P1041 Gay Archer in Watchet harbour

[ad name=”intheboatshed-post”] Motor Torpedo Boat HMS Gay Archer in Watchet harbour Did you, dear reader, wonder what might be lurking below the harbour wall behind the Ancient Mariner monument in the last post? These days Watchet harbour is a marina complete with a lock, and has become is a popular spot for local boating enthusiasts. … Continue reading “1950s Motor Torpedo Boat P1041 Gay Archer in Watchet harbour”

The Ancient Mariner at Watchet

[ad name=”intheboatshed-post”] The Ancient Mariner statue at Watchet harbour, photographed last weekend The little harbour town of Watchet is hugely proud of its connection with the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who, so Wordsworth said, wrote his epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner following a walk through the Quantock Hills with his sister and … Continue reading “The Ancient Mariner at Watchet”