Read all about it! Read all about it! Sorry for sounding like some Cockney paperboy hawking the latest edition in a black and white movie from London, but the latest edition of our Newsletter is now ‘out there’. The paper ‘hard copies’ have been printed and are in the post, so should either be with the off-line group of Members, or will be there very soon. Meanwhile, you can read the document as a PDF file downloaded from our link in this website – look under News, Latest Newsletters. I hope you enjoy it. You should know though that producing this has completely scraped out the bottom of my barrel of material – I have absolutely nothing to put in the next edition. If you have an inkling to see your journalistic skills in print and would be good enough to send me any news, gossip, anecdotes, historical pieces, comment, suggestions or anything else, I will be very grateful but also almost certain to include it in the next newsletter. This can be in any format, even hand written – we will happily transcribe it into the f0rmat we need and you will, of course, be fully attributed.
Meanwhile a nice pic by Basil Brambleby of how the smaller spars are stashed below decks for storage through the winter. They sit neatly on top of a main beam at one end and get wedged into the aperture let into the wall of the new cabin at the for’d starb’d corner of the main hold. I had thought when I saw this hole it was some kind of ventilation but I guess our shipwrights know exactly what they are doing and have lots of experience of barges, so would KNOW that you need somewhere to stash these smaller spars so that you do not trip over them. Clever stuff, lads.