Wooden Boats


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The most striking thing for me was the number of men involved in the build. I wonder how long and how many men it would take to do the build using modern day tools.

I thought it might be Appledore (nothing to base it on though).
Fascinating. Not sure about the yard, but I reckon you could see the Cornish Alps in one shot at sea. And one of the fishing boats had an FY code for Fowey.
If you haven't visited it recently, I thoroughly recommend a tour of Boathouse No.4 in Portsmouth which has recently been revamped and reopened thanks to a £3.5m Lottery Heritage Fund grant. Not only does it have a fine array of historic wooden boats on display, many of them familiar to older RN personnel, but it is also home to the International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth (IBTC Portsmouth) and the Solent Marine Academy who are delivering traditional boatbuilding training courses.

Ships' power boats used to be overhauled in Boathouse No.4 while pulling (rowing) and sailing boats were towed through the channel beneath the boathouse and the main roadway into the Boat Basin from which they were hoisted up the slip into Boathouse No.6, now the venue of the 'Action Stations' interactive exhibition.

Some pointless trivia:

Boathouse No.4 was built in 1939. It was originally going to be twice the size, extending as far as Victory Gate, but the war got in the way.

GRP boats are banned in Boathouse No.4 owing to public safety regulations.

Sir Alec Rose's yacht Lively Lady, in which he circumnavigated the world single-handed, is being restored in Boathouse No.4.​

Probably an amalgamation of locations. At 10:57, what looks like a detached breakwater. Possibly Plymouth? - although it doesn't look like it is today. Or Portland?

And what I thought were the Cornish Alps are at about 11.20.
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