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 Fitting out on Brightlingsea hard. Variation in shape of smack hulls is shown in this photograph. The underwater form was usually subtle, with a fine, near-vertical forefoot, considerable rise of floor (of the bottom), a high, firm bilge and along and well shaped run, the beginning of which can be sensed in the smack FAVOURITE on the right. Hug Brand paints the bottom of her work swcarred hull. ...
Cat1 Smacks and Bawleys Cat2 Places-->Brightlingsea

Fitting out on Brightlingsea hard. Variation in shape of smack hulls is shown in this photograph. The underwater form was usually subtle, with a fine, near-vertical forefoot, considerable rise of floor (of the bottom), a high, firm bilge and along and well shaped run, the beginning of which can be sensed in the smack FAVOURITE on the right. Hug Brand paints the bottom of her work swcarred hull. The smack at left is the ELLEN, CK222, built for Mr Martin of Rowhedge, where she was known as the little ELLEN' in distinction from the larger smack of the same name owned by Captain Richard Cranfield. When this photograph was taken in the late 1920s the ELLEN was owned by Joseph Francis of Brighlingsea. She had a notably more cut away forefoot than most of her contemporaries. The stowboating baulks are slung on her starboard side. [JL]
Plate.112 in SWW.
Used in The Sailor's Coast, page 37.
Used in The Northseamen page 23.
Although the caption above says late 1920s, the photograph was taken the same time as BOXB5_017_048 which is marked Nov 3/34.
Date: 3 November 1934      


Photo: John Leather Collection - Douglas Went
Image ID BOXB5_017_005
Category 1 Smacks and Bawleys
Category 2 Places-->Brightlingsea


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This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.