The Mariners Mirror Archive

Bible Classes and Boats: Church and Chapel Rowing Clubs at Plymouth and Devonport in the Early Twentieth Century

By Janet Cusack

Between 1900 and the beginning of World War II, a number of churches and chapels in Plymouth and Devonport sponsored rowing clubs.  The combination of a large, relatively sheltered venue and ready availability of surplus boats from the Royal Naval Dockyard combined to provide this unique social activity for members of the congregations and their […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Interwar | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Leisure & Small Craft

Note: Beer Luggers, a Tradition Continued

By Peter Thomson

The use of the open beach boats traditionally used for fishing from the village of Beer as racing craft might ensure that this lugger sailing will last. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Whaling & Fishing

Indian Ocean Littoral Maritime Evolution: the Case of the Yemeni Huri and Sanbuq

By Edward Prados

Though Arab dhows are often considered as unchanging relics of a long-distant past, the author shows that they have been evolving constantly in response to external influences and economic constraints. Thus the huri have evolved from double-ended dugouts to transom-sterned planked boats. Meanwhile, the archetypal sanbuq has seemingly come full circle; originally a double-ended vessel, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: The Shellbend Folding Boat, a story of Victorian ingenuity

By Anthony Tibbles

The design of this versatile vessel did not lead to financial success for its inventor, but a version was used by the British army in the 1930s. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

Note: Lord Sandwich and Early Fenland Yachting

By HJK Jenkins

Lord Sandwich relaxed by yachting in a stylish vessel on the now-vanished lake of Whittlesey Mere, in company with a very disparate group of pleasure craft. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

River Boats on the Carrera Del Paraguay, 1776–1810

By Kathleen Brown & Dr Jerry W. Cooney

In the mid-1770s Buenos Aires and Montevideo were opened to free trade within the Spanish Empire by the great reforms of the Charles III of Spain. For more than forty years the Carrera del Paraguay flourished, and not even the events of Independence and the troubled political conditions of the 1810s interfered greatly with trade […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines

The Dghajsa – in Memoriam

By Joseph Muscat

The Dghajsa is a traditional Maltese open harbour boat, mostly used to provide water taxi services to vessels at anchor and between harbour shores. Using textual and iconographic sources, and oral testimony, the author addresses origins, construction and decoration, interaction with the Royal Navy, civilian fares and racing. These colourful vessels operating particularly in the […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

The Nordfjordfaering of Western Norway: Changes in Ancient Small Boat Design in Response to New Technology

By Knut Djupedal

The faering is a traditonal sea-boat of western Norway, double-ended with four oars and 16-18 feet in length. This article describes the craft and the history of its use as a working boat, the introduction of the outboard motor into the Nordfjord district of western Norway, and finally describes the modification and development of the […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Aegean Caiques 1915-1980

By H. M. Denham

This article describes the different caique hull forms and sail rigs to be seen in the Aegean during the early twentieth century. It then goes on with some observations on the numerous building yards in operation in the Aegean islands during the middle of the twentieth century and the different building techniques employed. Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

The Tartana da Pesca: a Fishing Vessel from Chioggia

By Mario Marzari

Previously considered a variant of the Adriatic Sea’s multi-use ‘Bragozzo’, the extinct ‘Tartana da Pesca’ is confirmed as a discrete type of large, deep sea, fishing boat that operated from Chioggia in the south Venetian Lagoon. Synthesis of information from contemporary models, manuscripts and iconography allows for detailed description of its rugged construction, two-masted lug […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Whaling & Fishing

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