Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival 2018

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We stumbled upon  the  Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival, during our road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way,  Mr Uphilldowndale was a happy chappy, a celebration of wood, glue and varnish, the kind of thing that floats his boat.

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There was a lot going on, on the water, racing of Currach, a traditional Irish craft, note the oars, or should they be poles?

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Historically the boats were made with animal skins, stretched across the timbers, these days canvas is used

Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival 2018 7There was much activity around the beautifully restored historic Falklands Islands trading ketch Ilen which was launched at Baltimore in 1926

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There’s a lyrical description of her restoration here

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There was an atmosphere of concentration and competition, to build a boat,

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and great to see so many young teams

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Looked like a lot of glue, screws

and refreshments were required.

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A grand day out.

In a welcoming and hospitable town

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

3 thoughts on “Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival 2018

  1. Oh, I love this. I especially like the last photo, because I especially like that boat. I have a soft spot in my heart for tanbark sails, anyway. We have similar events, but here on the Gulf coast wooden boats are in short supply. There are maine “critters” in the water that enjoy munching on wood. In the northeast and northwest, with colder water, it’s not a problem — no doubt the same for you.

  2. A most enjoyable post and wonderful pictures. I would find it all fascinating to look at and watch. Those pole oars are rather intriguing. xx

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