The Stormy Petrel

larry flewers

Chatham, United Kingdom

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Built in the north Kent harbour of Whitstable in 1890 by master shipwrights Dick and Charlie Perkins, Stormy Petrel was not finished until 1928. Built in an era when the Thames oyster as a celebrated delicacy, Stormy Petrel was owned and fished for her builders, dreding for oysters in the summer and used for stowboating in the winter.

The smacks of Whitstable were as common as the Essex smacks but fewer survive. They were built heavy to take ground on the sandbanks of this part of the lower Thames estuary.

From 1928 Stormy Petrel was used as a watch boat, with a watch house cabin fitted by the Seasalter and Ham company, moored at the Pollard Spit overlooking their interests in the oyster fishery east of the Isle of Sheppey.

After the war in 1948 she was sold to the famous barge and smack skipper, and author, Bob Roberts. He wrote about her in Breeze for a Bargeman and he sold her to his third hand Bernard Rosier, who did not fish her, but kept her registered. Her current owner acquired her in 1962.

Canon 60D
Efs 55-250mm @80mm
Raw
Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro

taken in Gillingham Kent UK

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