Sailing on the Swale, last weekend

On the Swale, last weekend. The winds were light, but it was very pleasant and some of my favourite local boats (and one or two I didn’t know) were out and strutting their stuff ahead of the Swale Match this coming weekend. Aside from the sailing barge Orinoco, there was Cygnet, Privateer of Boston, Bird of Dawning and a Finesse

And then we had one of those North Kent skies that Turner loved so much…

Lord Belfast’s yacht Emily off the Mediterranean coast with a xebec off her port bow


The combination of the mad sea and all that sail is hopeless, but I still love it. ‘Lord Belfast’s yacht Emily off the Mediterranean coast with a xebec off her port bow’, painted in the early 19th century by John Lynn.

And here she is hove-to. She’s waiting for her owner apparently. Well you wouldn’t get me in a boat in sea like that, except by accident!


Gentleman’s yacht The Peggy comes out of her cellar after 200 years

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.

Read about the Peggy here, and here.

The Peggy’s move is for the purposes conservation and study.

Other work completed by the  Isle of Man Nautical Museum includes and archaeological excavation of her 18th century owner’s 18th dock. See a time-lapse video of the dig: