On my recent trip over to the UK to stay on Cambria, I was in Hoo with Dave B tracking down Ray Rush’s now restored and back-in-the-water Galway Hooker and I had the pleasure of being invited back to Dave’s Dad’s place to see the model that they are currently making of SB Westmoreland but also an older, completed model of SB Glenmore. Regular readers will know that Dave’s Great Granddad was Barge Master on the SM Glenmore, the famous George “Navvy” Brooks. Dave’s Father Tony built this model originally as a working model sail boat (obviously with a lot less detail) but then fell in love with it and was anxious that the fun and games on the pond in the park were causing it damage. He decided to change it into a display model, so added all the detail of rigging etc and now has it nicely on display in the living room in this glass case with a lovely brass plaque naming the barge and an old black and white photo of ‘Navvy’ himself hanging above it on the wall. It is a beautiful thing to have and to admire and especially given the family connection.
Thank you to Dave B and to Tony for allowing me to see it, photograph it and share it with the surfers on here.