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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. 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]
Photo: John Leather Collection - Douglas Went
Image ID BOXB5_017_005
Category 1 Smacks and Bawleys
Category 2 Places-->Brightlingsea
This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.