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Duck Trap Wherry Fritha
Philip emailed to say:
finished building my Duck Trap Wherry in June 2005 and would have written
to you sooner had it not taken me two years to work out how to use my
digital camera. We've had two summers with "Fritha", and we've
rowed her in the sea off the Isle of Wight, on the Norfolk Broads, the
River Thames at Oxford, the River Dee at Chester, Lake Ullswater in
the Lake District, and the River Coquet and North Sea at Amble in Northumberland.
She's added a new dimension to our holidays and feels like another member
of the family. Her looks have been highly praised everywhere, and it's
interesting to note that the highest praise has come from the professional
boatbuilders who have seen her... I was particularly pleased with our
visit to Amble, which is a small fishing town with a long history of
boatbuilding. The boatbuilding industry is now dead unfortunately, but
Fritha acted like a magnet drawing the remaining old boatbuilders to
her, and I had several long and interesting conversations. She was also
well received by the fishermen, some of whom still net for salmon from
open boats in the way I imagine Lincolnville salmon fishermen did.
This is Fritha ashore at Amble in Northumberland.
Rodney (Newfoundland Trap Skiff Family)
Derrick emailed to say:
Beautiful job Derrick.
Subject: Christmas Wherry
Ewan's Christmas Wherry was launched in May...that's her builder in the red shirt, and they are sailing on Loch Melfort in Scotland. The two photos were very kindly forwarded to us by Richard Pierce, a close friend of the builder and himself a designer. His website is www.rfhpierce.co.uk. Interesting stuff.
(This wherry appeared in the last issue of Water Craft magazine.)
Subject: 13' Lapstrake Canoe
This is one of the photos we were waiting for in order to complete our latest Boatbuilding in Pictures CD, Lapstrake Canoes...
This sleek 13-footer weighs in at less than 45 pounds.
Pittwater & Sydney, NWS
Photos of our boats under sail are scarcer than hen's teeth. Our thanks to Noel for sending along this great shot of his beautiful little Rhodes Wherry.
'Couldn't resist this shot of the builder with the Sydney Opera House in the background.
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