Bronze Age boat, on the water

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We took our Bronze age boat to Faversham to use the slipway at Alan Stayley’s boatyard. Boatyards are very photogenic places so here are a bunch of random pics. I love the mug above, if you are a boatbuilder, when you handle breaks off your much you stick back together with boat epoxy.

IMG_7558 IMG_7551 IMG_7540 IMG_7545 IMG_7550We covered our boat in hessian and soaked it overnight to allow it to “take up” that is to allow the wood to swell, a bit like a wooden barrel boats don’t like being dry, they only really get watertight when they are wet. Here out project leader Richard Darrah is sealing the last of the stitch holes with bees wax.

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now we were ready to launch, it was very exciting.

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Loaded onto the slipway cradle and waiting for the tide to come in a little more.
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Now this is where it suddenly became huge fun. We had a few hours to paddle up and down Faversham creek and get a feel for how she handled. She was an absolute dream, just like paddling a big canadian canoe. Having plenty of rocker she was very manoeuvrable yet was also very stable.

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And then we took her out of the water and headed for Dover for the official launch. Here was are paddling out in the harbour.

1174782_10153261098060438_474094406_nYou can see a rather nice film from the launch day here, the Time Team documentary will air sometime in 2014.

 

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3 Responses to Bronze Age boat, on the water

  1. David Yule October 22, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    what brilliant fun. congrats

  2. Mike Smith October 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Hi Robin, A great post. I love the photos. I grew up in Faversham in the sixties not far from the creek and it was our playground. I think the site of the boatyard was once a sawmill where they made pit props for the East Kent mines. I may be wrong perhaps you know. Whenever we get back to the UK Faversham Creek is a must visit. I just hope the Faversham Creek Trust manage to preserve the creek and its activities in its current form. I later moved to Dover with the family so I am very familiar with the Bronze Age boat museum. I have folowed the progress of this build with great interest.

    Many thanks

    Mike

  3. Kevin de Silva October 24, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Nice one Robin,

    Glad to see that the project got finished properly and with such spectacular results . It really looks great in the water and with 9 folks on board . Thanks for sharing the project with us

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