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

Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival 2018


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.

4 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

  3. Hello,

    Does anyone know anyone interested in a `Buehler Design Sailboat, For Sale?
    Constructed of PNW woods, mainly Port Orford Cedar. 30′ lod and 38′ loa w/boomkin and bowsprit.

    If so please let us know. We are in Charleston, OR

    The boat name is tzegunka, it needs maintenance in and out, few repairs, and if I where to keep it I would remove the laminated plywood over the hatch, as well the aluminum mast and put back original gaff rigging. The last owner had broken wooden mast so he put this one up that is taller but reaches nice in light wind. This is a coastal cruiser, although we have had it offshore. We reduced fee to $29,900. Due to not getting to them.

    Plus we are a US Nonprofit seeking support/grant and if we get needs met we are thinking to give this boat to a wooden boat school, so as well if know of one interested, please share our link w/them. We’ll see how life goes?

    If interested please see link w/some structural detail and photos of when we last did have it nicely painted. The boat is strong once get it back int the instance.

    Thank you for sharing and Please see;


    I’ve never experienced all your beautiful wooden boats on the east coast yet. We once went to a show, and then also we obtained Chesepeak bay pungy schooner, sheets, that owner died before building, from a museum there. Then we took it to Reul Parker to have the sheets put into cold molded. Then we also had problems w/another boat we built and sold and the guy ran w/it, so unable to build it. But we are willing to pass it on for the price of Reul`s work $400.

    Does anyone know of a 38′- 40′ wooden or cold molded scowl for sale? If we can’t find, we are thinking of building one w/2 Chinese junk rigs.

    Happy sail!

    Thanks, kara j lincoln

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