Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Ramsgate Harbour, row, row, row your boat

This picture of what I think is a fishing boat of some sort being rowed and sculled out of the harbour fascinates me the picture looks to have been taken around 1900 and yet the sailing rig looks to be much more late 1700s or early 1800s. nine people on board, six rowing, two sculling and one steering, I think.

There must be a story related to this photo, a fishing smack this size would have at most had a crew of three, the sails look too stained to be any sort of pleasure craft.

Perhaps the boat is foreign, French? Is that a third mast at the stern? Chasse marées have this sort of look in drawings and paintings but not photos. Perhaps the G stands of Guernsey. Could this be something to with WW1?

clicking on the picture to expand it and clicking on the expanded picture of expand it again gives a fair amount of detail.

1 comment:

  1. Comment by email from MC

    Evening Michael

    As mentioned before I can't use the cooment facility as i don't have the right online 'credentials' to do so.

    Anyway, I think G stands for Granville in Normandy and the boat is a Bisquine or Granvillais - basically a three masted Lugger.

    Out of favour in England by the time of the photo - but once a smuggler's favourite!

    Asto the date and the occasion - over to you!


Comments, since I started writing this blog in 2007 the way the internet works has changed a lot, comments and dialogue here were once viable in an open and anonymous sense. Now if you comment here I will only allow the comment if it seems to make sense and be related to what the post is about. I link the majority of my posts to the main local Facebook groups and to my Facebook account, “Michael Child” I guess the main Ramsgate Facebook group is We Love Ramsgate. For the most part the comments and dialogue related to the posts here goes on there. As for the rest of it, well this blog handles images better than Facebook, which is why I don’t post directly to my Facebook account, although if I take a lot of photos I am so lazy that I paste them directly from my camera card to my bookshop website and put a link on this blog.