Here’s a nice way to waste an hour

I did it this evening, and it was easy. I started by looking at the links page here at, and decided to have a look at the Wooden Ships broker’s list. Naturally, my eye was drawn by a Falmouth working boat, among other things. Take a peek, if you dare:
Naturally, I then wondered what else I might find… When up came this link:

And this fabulous small gallery showing these the working boats with their full racing rigs. I gather they operate a voluntary limit of 1000sqft, and looking at the sails in these images it could be true:

Looking at these images, it’s difficult to remember that these boats are also used to fish for oysters – in fact, with rather smaller rigs in place they’re a sail-powered oyster fishing fleet that continues to work the Fal Estuary and the area around the Roseland Peninsula today.

Finally, I suppose one might consider buying the one for sale at the Wooden Ships site. Click on the image below to go to their site. And while you’re there, there’s a nice little Harrison Butler just crying out for attention…

Falmouth Working Boat

Newson’s officially opens its new building, MTB 102 rolls in

Newson’s new building had its official opening a few days ago. After a morning of rain and high winds, the weather broke and the ceremony performed by Lady Anne Wake-Walker took place in brilliant sunshine.

With the ribbon cut, MTB 102 was winched into the building before an appreciative crowd of on-lookers who were then given the chance to look around the new building and the boats.

For more on MTB 102, see this site: and check the Wikipedia for more on MTBs generally

On the subject of Newson’s, I was struck by a handsome varnish job on an Italian speedboat built in 1966 at the Bruno Abbate yard on Lake Como, Italy. The boat, which has undergone a total refurbishment, has a 144hp American-built Ford V8 Interceptor engine. See


Fascinated by a Swedish brunette

I was pleased and interested to see this Colin Archer at Mylor a couple of years ago, but what really caught my eye was its tender, which I imagine is as Swedish as its double-ended companion.

I’ve Googled around the web and found nothing about these boats, so if anyone can enlighten me, I’d be very pleased to hear from them at I’d guess that quite a few readers would be interested to learn more about this handy, characterful and dry-looking little boat too…

Click on the images for a closer view.