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    Cruising, Kayaking, Bird watching. SWT volunteer worker.
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    Ex Merchant Navy Officer and Hydrographic/Geophysical Surveyor Engineer.

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  1. That's correct. When onboard the Dockwise deck the Destroyer is a boat as she is being carried and Dockwise is a ship. When Destroyer is afloat she is a ship as she is carrying Jolly boats or lifeboats. Lifeboats and Jolly boats can only ever be boats as they are always carried (unless they are in turn afloat and carrying model boats - so then can technically be ships). So in every circumstance a vessel can either be a ship or a boat, but never both at the same time.
  2. On the flipside, not any skull and crossbones about either !
  3. Not too bothered about many etiquettes but the one that does gripe is the flying of the red duster from the pointy end or from atop the main mast yardarms (notice all that nautical stuff there ). Should be at the stern only so as to not show disrespect. Incidentally , while out on the rivers the last few days I have noticed of the few boats I have seen that some owners are not flying the Ensign as much as before. Is this perhaps that as there are no hire boats about at present they feel no need to differentiate ? Curious
  4. Don't know where the submarine bit comes from but the classic definition of "ship" or "boat " was once told to me that you can carry a boat on a ship but you can never carry a ship on a boat. Works for every situation.
  5. Also managed to get out on the river briefly. Good to be allowed to as the pessimist in me thinks that the second wave may lock us backdown even harder, even though most of us are agreeing that boating is almost perfect for isolating. Did notice the BA workboats back out on the 24hr moorings ready to resume dredging ops in NorthBay OB. Might spoil the view again !
  6. Are weed cutter props any good then. I've never used one. One time I got horribly ensnared was after not moving for a few days (doing a GYPC launch impression apparently ) and the stuff grew around like a triffid. Devils own job diving under with a knife to clear it. Would a cutter help in that situation ?
  7. That one has gone right over my head MM. What were the launches doing ? Skiving off ? doing drugs ? …. do tell. Agree with that. Prior to the arrival of the buoys there was a sign saying Shallow Water - perhaps there still is but now covered by bankside vegetation. As you say people did go in, even on the largest hireboats, so the buoys are not a bad thing and still allow dingies and paddlers in. Local knowledge like yours knows that the depth is not an issue , it being deeper there than on Bargate itself. The weed growth is particularly strong though and can ensnare propellers tightly. I speak from experience ! Anything wider or deeper than a canoe kayak or punt could have problems getting as far as Surl Staithe or through the reeds into the inner roads so basically even a dinghy esp. with an outboard could struggle.
  8. You may well be talking about the carpark at the seawall bottom of Links Road Lowestoft, JM. Here the madness is the car park blocked off so all the cars park in the roadway alongside. Right under the signs 'Keep Clear for Emergency Access to Beach and Seawall' (or similar wording). The snarl ups when the cars are reversing and turning to leave are also crazy.
  9. In a similar vein, here's a little story you may find amusing. Years ago I worked for a while for a marine radio company in Lowestoft at the time when the docks were busy with the trawler fleets and were generally accessible to walk in. We often would go onboard the boats just after they docked for offloading their catch for the purpose of checking/repairing the radio and nav equipment, batteries etc. This particular occasion one of the "football" class trawlers operated by Colne Shipping had come in to the dockside having been steaming in through the night. Before we even boarded it was fairly obvious that they had been practising the 'bridge wing' method mentioned before. Not normally an issue as the boats were always hosed down pretty soon after tying up. On this occasion however, prior to the hosedown, there was a schoolparty with a teacher and her group of early teenage girls on a school visit to see onboard a working sea trawler. I realised they were about to follow us up the gangway to board so I tried to warn the teacher that the ship wasn't in fit state. However to no avail. On they came. All I can add is that the genteel young ladies certainly got a real taste and flavour (and smell) of an authentic trawler, which has probably stayed with them all their lives.
  10. The other golden rule was when on nightwatch on the Bridge and you needed to go, always use the Portside bridge wing not Starboard. For the simple reason it's prettier over the red light than the green.
  11. Been reading this book over the weekend recommended by ChrisB and it is proving an enlightening read. As well as a good description of a sailing voyage, the examples used of how the conservation bodies and the RSPB in particular use their financial and political clout over the local communities to ensure large scale purchase of land and the implementation of exclusion policies are almost beyond believing. If only half the stories are true it still makes a sobering read. - and I've only got to chapter 5 so far.! If you substitute SNH (Scottish natural heritage) and other bodies for the BA then there are worrying parallels in the methods for the Broads area in terms of planning issues, land enclosure and restricted or no access allowed. Examples in the book include how some of the important decision making Laird's of the islands and Executive officers of other bodies are keen to get into bed with the wishes of the major conservation bodies due to the promise of expectation of a Knighthood or Peerage further down the line. Wonder where we've heard that before ? Right, off to the kayak now (well Wednesday anyway) and enjoy the remaining back dykes while they are still accessible.
  12. Thanks for this book heads up , ChrisB. I shall get a copy and read it. During the 1980's I was involved in a series of surveys for shipping routes in the Inner and Outer Minches. A posting which involved setting up range - range navigation systems for accurate positioning - no GPS in those days. This meant setting up the kit on many of the remote and smaller islands of these waters, some uninhabited. My abiding recollection is of the sheer beauty and remoteness of them but also of how rubbish would also accumulate on the shores, seabourne but also including rusting vehicles and machinery of the locals. I guess dustcart ships are (were?) in short supply in those parts. Be interesting to read of the authors experience in the late 90's when I see this book was published. Thanks.
  13. Some early morning pics from SWT Carlton and Petos Marsh this lovely weekend. The bird chorus was as good as ever with the warblers, whitethroats in the reeds and blackcaps and the other woodland birds all in good voice. Even the regular returning cuckoo with the cranky call was in evidence. Local birders tell me he's been returning at least 4 years now and is instantly recognisable by his croaky cuckoo call ( I believe they call him Hector). Will be good when the moorings finally get installed so that visitors from their boats can get to enjoy these pleasures as well. RSPB and BA please take note.
  14. to quote Dickens : Bah! Humbug! Life is a serious business, especially in times of a killer pandemic. We live in times when all our precious freedoms are unavailable to us, and these may be a bit eroded when this has passed. The human psyche craves freedom of speech, thought and action and its not looking good going forward. I've worked too hard all my life at being a grumpy old git to give that up now ! (tongue in cheek )
  15. Brilliant Poppy. Love it.
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