This really is a remarkable tale from Fowey boatbuilder Marcus Lewis. There’s more detail on his Facebook page.
Have you a piece of the Raybel’s history to share?
The folks restoring the Raybel at Sittingbourne are collecting as many stories and as much history as they can from people who have been involved with the sailing barge to make sure they are not be lost and forgotten, and can be handed down to future generations. Here’s what they say:
‘Maybe your family worked at shipbuilders Wills & Packham, or Raybel’s owners, Sullys? Or maybe you know something of the industry that used to take place at Lloyd’s Wharf?
‘If you have any stories, anecdotes, pictures or documents we would love to hear from you!’
Contact Gareth at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Raybel website.