Wednesday 22 September 2010

As I was going to St Ives

St Ives in Cornwall might be the spiritual home of Port-Na-Storm despite the pseudo Gallic derivation of the name. The photo on the masthead of this blog was taken there a few years ago.  We have been going to St Ives as a family ever since my daughter was a wee girl and this year we decided to go once more and introduce our granddaughter to the fantastic beaches and turquoise sea. She loved it.  

St Ives still has a busy working harbour with small fishing boats going out most days to line for mackerel. The harbour dries out which means you can really get down amongst the boats. 

 I spotted this nice little lugger, she is quite similar in layout to the coot in that she has her mast well forward, but her lines seem finer especially the run aft.

She was built in Dartmouth by Butler & Co in what appears to be 2009 but she looks older.

There were quite a few interesting boats in the harbour which is becoming a bit of a centre for traditional lug sails, I'll post more later.

Meanwhile if you haven't seen this before have a go, no calculators allowed!

As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Each wife had seven sacks
Each sack had seven cats
Each cat had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks, wives
How many were going to St Ives?

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