Good news for the New Year: Miller-built Spindrift has new owners

Jo and John Furley write:

‘Responding to William Miller’s appeal for information, here are some recent photos of Spindrift.

‘We bought her in Guernsey in August, had her repainted and re-caulked, and we are trying to get her to Liverpool, where we’ll keep her in the Albert Dock once we’ve done some improvement work. We got as far as Penzance before the weather turned against us – the latest pictures are in the harbour in Penzance, waiting for a weather window (which is firmly closed at the moment!).

‘We’d be very happy to get in contact with the Millers to learn more about her history, and to update them.

‘Best regards,

‘Jo and John Furley’

This is great news. An earlier post mentioning this iconic vessel can be seen here. Spindrift is considered to be a rare surviving example of a zulu.

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An appeal for recent photos of Spindrift

William Miller has been in touch to ask whether anyone has recent photos of the very striking fishing vessel Spindrift, which his father bought from Lossiemouth in 1947 (it was then name Rose). The splendid photos above are from William’s family collection.

If you have any shots from recent years, please send them to me at gmatkin@gmail.com and I’ll forward them to William.

Spindrift was sold by the Wick-based Miller family in 1975.

See some earlier photos her from 2009.

Bridlington Sailing Coble Festival, 13th-14th August

Coblegram Special Edition Bridlington

Coble enthusiasts are planning a Sailing Coble Festival at Bridlington on the 13th–14th August this year, which sounds like a great idea.

It is being organised by the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society and The Coble and Keelboat Society, and is sponsored by the local Independent Shellfishermen’s Co-operative, and will bring together the largest gathering of sailing cobles anywhere in the British Isles in recent years.

Four locally based sailing cobles, Three Brothers, Imperialist, Madeleine Isabella and Gratitude; will be joined by the two new cobles; Free Spirit and Misnomer. Christina from Mevagissey and Grace from Staithes will also attend, and a number of other coble owners have expressed interest – and there is even talk of the North East Maritime Trust attending with the coble Royal Diadem II and a 40ft restored seine net keelboats.

Read all about it in the latest Coblegram.