We have a new member joining the team helping out around the yard and he has a project of his own going on. Finn will be doing various jobs, and when he's not on duty he'll be working hard on restoring his own boat, a 41ft ferro oyster smack. This means he understands the pit falls and joys of boat restoration!
Finn is sharing his restoration project to inspire others and his photos and journey can be found on Instagram 'knotFINNishedYet. Well worth a look.
Marine Welder Nolan Post has been working on this job, and although it seems small, adding another step, which is easy to maintain, has made a huge difference to this Steel Barge. Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest difference. To contact Nolan to discuss any of the welding works please contact the Office. Click on the contact menu above.
This is another interesting nautical term with other meanings.
1. Nautical A flat hardwood disk with a grooved perimeter, pierced by three holes through which the lanyards are
passed, used to fasten the shrouds.
2. Slang An expert shooter: a deadeye with the rifle.
We found this video giving you an idea on how they are made. There are many techniques using different tools and machines, but this is one view of how they are made.
Here at Iron Wharf boatyard we have seen some incredible projects, from complete restoration to complicated repairs. It's not all tricky stuff though, boats come for new anodes, re-paints, sea cock checks, engine services, welding, mast replacement. The list is endless. Contact us to see how we can help and accommodate your needs.
We had our christmas party at The Anchor in Faversham and it was an outstanding afternoon. The food was incredible and the company wasn't bad either. Our quiz master excelled himself by producing a fun and interesting set of questions and then the carol competition pitching girls against boys. The finale however was our very own Alan Reekie, giving a solo performance.
Alan Reekie, Peter Dodds and the Team would like to wish our friends and customers a Happy Christmas, with fair winds, warm fires and time to relax. We've had a busy year, making new friends, carrying out improvements to the yard and seeing some incredible vessels, large and small through various projects.
A special thank you to the team for their efforts and skills, as without them the work couldn't continue.
We hope you can all spare a thought for the emergency services, including the RNLI, working throughout the holidays, to keep us safe.
See you in the new year, with best wishes,
Iron Wharf Boatyard.
Toby, one of our Managers mentioned the Cutty Sark as an interesting item for our readers.
There is a connection with the famous writer Robert Burns, who created a character in his Poem Tam O’Shanter’.
A farmer called Tam is pursued by a scantiiy clad Nannie Dee, who was in-fact a witch. She was wearing an undergarment, which in the 18th Century was known as a Cutty-sark.
The figurehead of the Tea Clipper Cutty Sark is named after Nannie Dee. What does she hold in her hand ?
This phrase is extremely old, going as far back 725 AD. It's meaning seems obvious, foul tasting and bitter !
However, there is a nautical meaning to this phrase associated with a certain Captain Smith. In the early 1600s he published a booked entitled 'Seaman's Grammar' and he mentions The Bitter End in this. Below he explains that the bitter end is the end of rope that stays on board.
"A Bitter is but the turne of a Cable about the Bits, and veare it out by little and little. And the Bitters end is that part of the Cable doth stay within boord."
A 'Bitt' post can be found fastened in the deck of a ship. Various ropes and other fastenings could be fed round the post, until it reached it's very end ………. hence the bitter end.
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