The Peggy, built in 1789 for politician and banker George Quayle (1751–1835) one of a tiny number of vessels built in the 18th century that still survive, has been moved from the cellar boathouse in which she has lain for more than 200 years. There’s another video of the event here.
My thanks to Chris Brady for spotting this one.
The clinker-built ‘armed yacht’ was schooner rigged with a bowsprit and had six oar-holes, and also sported six cannons and two stern chasers. She’s also the oldest surviving example of a sailing vessel with sliding keels, which are said to be the ancestor of the daggerboard.
Venus, a well-travelled Thames-style skiff spotted in Australia by Jeff Cole
Lest we get too doomy, and serious I’ve decided to post this photo of an 1880s single-scull Thames-style skiff hanging in a country nursery at Victoria, Australia. Jeff Cole, who spotted and photographed Venus for us, says the story is that she was imported from Scotland, and was built by the nursery owner’s great-grandfather.
It’s clearly very well-travelled for a small river boat. I wonder what the rest of the story may be – did a River Thames boatbuilder move to Scotland? Did a Scot learn boatbuilding on the banks of the Thames? Or was great-grandfather an amateur who worked from a book? Or were skiffs of this kind far more widespread in the last 19th century than we tend to think?