Boat Friday

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Sep 212018

The paddle steamer “Waverley” going astern from her berth at Southampton at the start of last Saturday’s cruise. She’ll continue astern turning to port before going ahead and to starboard to head down Southampton Water.

PS Waverley is the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world. Built in 1946, she sailed from Craigendoran on the Firth of Clyde to Arrochar on Loch Long until 1973. Bought by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS), she has been restored to her 1947 appearance and now operates passenger excursions around the British coast.

Since 2003 Waverley has been listed in the National Historic Fleet by National Historic Ships UK as “a vessel of pre-eminent national importance”.

Waverley’s operators claim she is “probably the most photographed ship in the world”.

Yesterday I was due to go on a cruise on her from Portsmouth along the south coast via Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight to Lulworth Cove and back. However, we’ve had a week a very strong winds (“Storm Alison”) and the cruise was cancelled. That was the last opportunity this year as she is now heading off to the Thames and Southend areas before going back to her home on the Clyde for the autumn and winter.

Fulling Mill

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Sep 202018


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The Fulling Mill across the River Alre at Alresford dates from the 13th century. It is now a private house and it was saved from dereliction in 1951 when it was renovated and the now beautiful garden laid out.

It had become derelict having fallen into disuse in the 19th century when the cloth industry established large mills to undertake an increasingly mechanised process taking all of the business from established local mills.

The fulling of cloth is a process to tighten and shrink the cloth into a closely woven product. In early times the pressing and kneading was done by human feet, in shallow streams, using fullers earth. By medieval times water power was being used to drive hammers to do the work once done by human feet. The water mills constructed for this purposes were known as fulling mills and for centuries the surrounding area resounded to the hammering of the fulling stocks as they prepared the cloth.