(Top) The Reverend Berthon’s collapsible rescue boat.
(Immediately above) Salter’s folding ship’s lifeboat
My partner Julie has just returned from the Isle of Wight with a nice collection of photos, from the island’s Classic Boat Museum at Newport.
Folding boats have been a popular theme on this weblog and I’ve had small folding boats very much in mind in the last few days after an unpleasant late-night incident in an inflatable, so I thought I should start with a couple of new examples I haven’t seen before.
The first is a Berthon collapsible lifeboat designed by the Reverend Edward Lyon Berthon, and built at Romsey, close to Southampton across the water. Apparently Berthon began designing his folding lifeboats after one of his clergymen survived a shipwreck in 1849. This particular boat was probably built fairly early on – that is, close to 150 years ago.
The second was constructed by Salters of Oxford, in what is believed to have been the year 1898. I gather the museum is exploring its options with a view to getting the boat back to a launchable condition. I do hope they manage it.
Thanks for the photos Julie!
Pilot cutter being built by Cem Gür in Turkey
Cem Gür and colleagues at Classic Boat Turkiye continue to be busy – now they’re concentrating their efforts on this 29ft pilot cutter designed by Paul Gartside.
Cem has also promised us some sailing photos of the Thomas Gillmer-designed Blue Moons we have posted about recently – so look out all you Blue Moon fans!
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Falmouth quay punt Teal on the Baltic
Teal is for sale.
She’s a brave little gaff-rigged wooden Falmouth quay punt, and has quite a story to tell.
Teal was built in 1914 by the well-known Cornwall shipwright W E Thomas for the writer and artist Percy Woodcock, who called her Little Pal. At the time, Woodcock wrote an interesting article about her for Yachting Monthly, which includes her lines and layout, and some photos.
Since then she’s had an interesting life, having been rescued, renamed, restored and repaired many times, and has featured in Classic Boat on two occasions. Just back from the Baltic, she’s now in Tollesbury and I’m sure she would be a great buy for someone!
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