Such brave men. When I was young there were many around and they seemed such normal, unremarkable people. But they weren’t, were they?
Our friend Malcolm Woods spotted this little gem of a film showing Biddy the legendary Hastings tub man in action nearly a century ago – his tub and various cuttings and photos are still in the fisherman’s museum at Hastings, but this really brings his particular crazy way of making a living to life. Thanks Malcolm!
The Tall Ships Race of 1964 leaves Plymouth Hoe with a good helping of British Pathé razzmatazz. The vessels taking part include Hoshi, Tawau, Etoile, Belle-Poule and the sailing ship Danmark.
At the time the presenter ruefully remarked that the British didn’t have a square-rigger – well thankfully we do now.
My thanks to Amy Davenport for pointing this one out.