Monday, 23 November 2015

Thunder clouds

The first cold weather of the year this weekend reminded me that things were quite different not very long ago, as summer turned to autumn.

With some heavy black thunderclouds rolling in from the southeast, the owner of this folk boat might be quite pleased to have the mast unstepped early ready for winter.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

East Light of Emsworth

Pulled up on the town quay at Emsworth, Eastern Light has the look of a traditional local boat.

Sadly there was no one around to get more details from.

Looks like a great boat for exploring Chichester harbour and seaworthy enough to venture out and beyond the entrance.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Cobble Salacia

The distinctive cobble shape immediately set this boat aside from the other mostly working boats in Dartmouth's small inner harbour.

The pronounced tumble home at the transom can be seen very clearly as can the hollow forefoot, I wasn't about to wade around in the mud to get a better look.

From what I could see Salacia appeared to be glass fiber construction, length I'm guessing around 16 feet, maybe less.  A nice little boat for pottering around the estuary and a spot of fishing further afield.

Monday, 16 November 2015

The wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald

I've been reminded by fellow blogger (now on Facebook) Soundbounder that it was November 1975, forty years ago that the the 729 feet LoA, Great Lakes freighter, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank with the loss of all crew. The tragedy was commemorated by Gordon Lightfoot in a song of the same name.

It's one of those things in life that has stuck with me, even though it took place half way around the world. I can clearly remember when I first heard the song, it must have been October or maybe early November 1976, I was painting a cartoon of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins for a girlfriend, well it was the 70's. One of the Radio 1 Saturday morning DJ's played US releases and chose the song from Lightfoot's Summertime Dream album.

Fast forward 35 years and we saw some of these huge vessels while on holiday on Lake Huron and got to really appreciate the scale and beauty of those vast freshwater lakes. All the pictures here are of lake freighters approaching the St Clair river which joins Huron and Erie.

In the words of the song "the ship was the pride of the American side" so it's no surprise that there are a number of events to mark the event.

If you haven't heard it, here's the song.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Eastney Houseboats

One of the interesting houseboats down at Eastney looking over Langston Harbour.

 The area is out of the way and sort of forgotten, which is a large part of it’s charm, but I can’t help feeling that some developer or other will be planning waterfront apartments or similar, which would be a real shame

Not quite sure where the house ends and the boat starts on this one, but I'm sure it makes a nice weekend retreat.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Super yacht tender goes Star Wars

It must be the influence of the forthcoming The Force Awakens, but I seem to be seeing storm trooper design influence everywhere.

While passing our local builders who specialise in tenders for super yachts I spotted this, which might be unkindly described as an aquatic version of the Range Rover Evoque, but who knows it equally might be appearing in the film when it opens in Decmber.

Hmm, strong the force is,  in this one

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Lest we forget

The village centre at nearby Stubbington was crowded for the Armistice Day ceremony on Sunday to remember all those who served and fought, and those who still do, in defence of our freedom.

Several local Scout and Guide troops marched to square, including the younger members Cubs, Brownies and Beavers.

It was heartening to see some many people joined together in remembrance of all of those to whom we owe our thanks. The sign on the shop in the top picture says it all.