Smacks in Faversham Creek
Rather like the way a bundle of unexpected money can burn a hole in one’s pocket, for several days these photos have been nagging me to put them up. They’re scenes from a day’s sailing around the Swale, as locals will immediately know, and I hope they provide some interest and entertainment before we get back to the usual intheboatshed.net menu!
Thames barge Repertor
Homes at Shellness, Isle of Sheppey
North shore of the Isle of Sheppey
‘Receptive’ buoy at the southern end of Horse Sand
A fisherman in the Swale
Jetskis playing in the wake of an enormous
powerboat. Forgive them, Oh Lord, for they
know not what they do… I guess they were
having fun, but their noise and disturbance
shook my teacup and rattled the teeth I was
trying to use to eat cake!
An intriguing boat moored near Faversham
A mystery craft sails into Herne Bay
The first looks as if it could be Scottish to me but I don’t recall seeing her in the area before – is she a fifie? I’d certainly like to know more.
The second is very striking when seen from a distance. I’m pretty sure she’s the Colin Mudie-designed sharpie I’ve seen over-wintering at Faversham’s Iron Wharf in past years. If so, she’s working as a pleasure boat, and having seen her hull I can say that she bears a strong resemblance to the Nonpareil sharpies that Thomas Clapham designed and built all those years ago. There’s a short description of the Clapham’s Nonpareil boats here at the Wikipedia. Now, I wonder whether I might be able to persuade the kids they would enjoy a trip in her next week?
Ripple on the Swale – click for computer wallpaper
Tonight, I’ve decided to share some relaxing views of the Swale – I spent today gardening and wishing I could have gone sailing. The first ‘Ripple of the Swale’ I offer as a computer screen wallpaper or background. The others are simply because they depict a favourite place…
Entrance to Oare Creek
Sunset over the Isle of Harty