Monday, 9 June 2014

Beale Park Boat Show

To Pangbourne yesterday to the Beale Park Boat Show. The highlight for me was the display by the Thames Traditional Boat Society who not only had a very welcoming tent and static display but managed to fill the lake with fabulous rowing boats of all shapes and sizes.
In the foreground is Hope of Glory, a single skiff built as a hire boat by E. Messum & Sons in Richmond in the 1920s. The current owners have had her beautifully restored.
Later on I got to row her. The usual problem: not enough leg room. But she moved lightly through the water as you might expect from a boat that is 22ft 3in long and only 3ft 8in beam.
The owner took a picture from the cox's seat.

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