Further progress on the new traditional fishing boat

Last week I was lucky enough to be able to visit retired boatbuilder Eric Paine and his friend Len, who are together building a traditional timber-built South Coast fishing vessel. The project continues to be stunning!

Eric believes this to be the first new boat of its type to be built for 45 years.

To see earlier posts about Eric and Len’s build see Building a new traditional fishing boat for Dungeness and Progress on the traditional fishing boat for Dungeness.

Farewell Topsails – 1937 film about the late era of working West Country topsail schooners

See this sweet 1937 documentary about the last working topsail schooners carrying china clay from Cornwall. It lasts some 8 minutes and comes with a very West Country accordion sound track…