Thames double skiff for sale

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I fouled up badly at the Beale Park Thames Boat Show: my mistake was to believe the weather forecast and went to the show on the day it rained most.

On the following day it was supposed to rain from dawn to dusk – but instead the sun shone – I’ve seen photos to prove it. Every sailor, gardener, farmer, camper and boat show organiser has had the same kind of experience, and all one can do is smile and make the best of it, which in my case meant taking a lot of photos of gently rain-spattered boats and people.

I’ll be putting a lot more shots from the show up over time, but I thought I’d surprise the folks who came to the show to sell this splendid 1902 Thames skiff by putting up some shots of their boat – and perhaps helping them to find a buyer.

I told them I’d do it, but like so many others they were sceptical. I think they imagined I needed to be paid – but I don’t and it’s not in my plan. Give me a good story or some pics or both and I’ll put them up, though if they’re not, I won’t. Even if this site someday becomes truly commercial, I doubt I’ll ever want to charge contributors money for providing information for a good post.

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Jeff Cole chips in with another tin boat

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Australian tin boat, probably used by a farmer on or around the Murray River

While we’re on the twin subjects of Antipodean boats and tin boats, Jeff C has neatly combined the two with this photo of an extraordinary Australian tin boat.

Here’s what Jeff says about it:

‘This pic was taken at a garden show. The boat was borrowed from a farmer on the Murray River. It’s from the 1940s at least, and maybe earlier, he thought. It looks like a proprietary item but I couldn’t find an ID, but it’s Aussie Gal Iron. It weighs a ton! Farmers used this sort of thing in Redgum to transport sheep. There’s plenty of floatation, but she’d be a slow row!’

Once again, many thanks Jeff!