Not be long before the current lockdown is over, well that’s what we are hoping! After the dull dark winter months it will be great to get back on board doing important work and sailing too. However, as you can see some urgent work to Henry Frederick Swan (HFS) and all our boats has had to continue over this time to ensure their integrity.
We are hoping to be able to invite ‘members only’ to the workshops after 12th April to help get both historic lifeboats 1886 ‘Bedford’ and 1918 ‘Henry Frederick Swan’ back on track and HFS back in the water.
Now that we are midway through February and we are promised a review of restrictions on 22nd; let’s hope we can open NEMT again soon.
But in the meantime and to keep you updated with our current situation;
Before lockdown some careful but urgent update work had to be done to make progress which included completion of roofing to the boatshed, new scaffolding for health and safety and easier access plus some great work on the Henry Frederick Swan, as can be seen in these pictures. But there’s still a lot to do including engine maintenance and electrical updates, more painting, and other essential work which needs to be completed when the end of lockdown is announced, so please stand by. Many thanks go to Guy and John, Dave and Dave who have done so much work to get things ready for then!+5
Why not listen to Katrina Porteous on 24-Feb (link attached) who specialises in our Northumberland maritime and fishing heritage. The title ‘The Sea’s the Boss’ conjures images of our coast and its traditions. Check it out;
Centre for Endangered Languages, Cultures and Ecosystems (CELCE) University of Leeds Katrina Porteous: ‘The Sea’s the Boss’ 24th February 2021, 4pm GMT The language spoken by the Northumbrian ‘coble’ fishing community in the late 20th century contained clues to that community’s historical development and to its understanding of place and nature. In this talk, touching on the language of fishing practices and species caught, place names, navigation and visualisation of the seabed, taboo words and beliefs, Katrina Porteous will argue that elements of this way of life remained little changed since medieval times, and that recent developments in fishing technology, reflected in its language, have profoundly altered the relation between people and place. With illustrations from her poems, she will show that an intrinsic understanding of ‘sustainability’ lay at the heart of the coble fishing way of life, and explore the human cost at which this was achieved. Poet and historian Katrina Porteous lives on the Northumberland coast and writes from a deep commitment to the ecology of place and local community. Her collections from Bloodaxe Books include The Lost Music (1996) and Two Countries (2014), and poems written for a planetarium, Edge (2019). www.katrinaporteous.co.uk Time: Feb 24, 2021 04:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83217773251… Meeting ID: 832 1777 3251 Passcode: 118342