Gotty in Furrin’ Parts reprinted

Arthur Copping’s amusing second book about his fictionalised adventures sailing and fishing with Leigh fisherman Gotty (in real life a chap called Alfred Boynton) has been reprinted and is available from Howard Turnidge.

Read about Copping’s first Gotty book here.

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Beaumont whaler Swan back on the water

The 1933 Malta-built Beaumont whaler Swan is back on the water for the first time for many years following restoration by a bunch of self-styled Bristol ‘shed men’. The sails in the picture are original cotton sails, by the way.

Read more about the Swan and the shed men here.

To celebrate, the shedders are organising a celebration on the 17 May (details below).