Refurbished 12ft clinker Nick Smith-built launch for sale

This 12ft clinker-built motor launch is for sale by Salcombe trained traditional boatbuilder Nick Smith following a 183-hour refurb. Nick was an apprentice with Edgar Cove starting in 1976, so he’s part of of a long heritage and so is the boat… The final picture above shows her on her launch at Cowes in February … Continue reading “Refurbished 12ft clinker Nick Smith-built launch for sale”


Nick Smith-built half-decked motor launch afloat

This is the charming 16ft Nick Smith-built clinker-planked half-decker Isla afloat, I think in Scotland. She has basic camping accommodation for overnight or the weekend, with a double bunk, storage and a small cooker, and I have a feeling a boat might appeal to quite a lot of folks… Nick trained in Salcombe as a … Continue reading “Nick Smith-built half-decked motor launch afloat”

The remarkable tomb of Captain Robert Smith

This tomb – that of Captain Robert Smith (d.1697) – is in Holy Cross and St Lawrence Church, Waltham Abbey. I was alerted to it was sent to me be my musical pal and occasional reader Malcolm Woods. The ship is the Industria and is depicted negotiating the Rock of Socordia (sloth), which I guess a … Continue reading “The remarkable tomb of Captain Robert Smith”