The National Lottery Heritage Fund have awarded a grant of £58,000 made possible by National Lottery Players to restore Severn.
Severn was one of 10 boats built by Crossfields in Arnside in 1910s for the Royal Mersey Yacht Club. She was acquired by the Sailing Club in 2018 to have an example of a Crossfield’s boat in the village. Crossfields were leading builders of Morecambe Bay Prawners and Yachts from the 1840s to 1940s. Amongst the boats they built was Arthur Ransome’s Swallow which was then kept on the estuary by a local teenager in the 1930s.
As well as the restoration the grant includes funding for volunteers, children and young people to learn wooden boat building skills and how to sail traditional boats such as Severn and the purchase of a Gaffling 4.1 dinghy an entry level boat to sailing gaff rigged boats such as Severn.
The restoration will be carried out by David Moss Boatbuilders at Skippool Creek near Blackpool. We hope to have Severn back on the water in 2023 or 2024.
We have received £2500 grant from the Arnside Silverdale Grant Fund and £650 from the Barnes Trust (Arnside) towards the cost of the restoration.
Attendees are requested to bring work gloves, safety specs, and any other PPE they feel they need. If any member knows of a non-member who might be interested in getting involved, would they please c...
The NOA is looking for enthusiastic friends of Morecambe Bay Prawners to help with the restoration of a 28ft Nobby. Everything is available for her restoration, sails, spars, fittings etc. She just needs lots of enthusiasm from able-bodied persons. Located on the bank of the River Douglas, Tarleton, Nr Preston. Email [email protected] with your contact info. ... See MoreSee Less
Help wanted urgently. Marine electrician to wire up engine and instruments. Rigger for doing the running rigging on a gaff-rigged 32ft boat. Location, near Preston Lancashire. Please contact +44 7587 212848. ... See MoreSee Less
Gardner Engine Gardner 4LW Marine Engine Circa 1930 – £8,500 ono Rare and in exceptionally good running order. Can be viewed running.
Lovingly and fully restored Gardner 4LW – 56 HP (800 rpm ), four cylinders marine specification engine. Cast iron crankcase, aluminium rocker cover, extensive copper and bronze fittings. Freshwater cooled and in excellent running order. Rebuilt 1970’s by a Gardner engineer with low hours of operation since. Complete with a 2:1 marine gearbox. Although it’s a long time since the rebuild the engine has not accumulated many running hours for an engine of this type.
With a weight approx one ton, this engine is most suited to fit a Dutch Barge, Trawler or a large boat looking for a classic economic diesel engine. Comes complete with a 24" x 24" propeller but will comfortably swing a 30" diameter prop.
Located North West UK. Call: David Moss Tel. +44 7572 926460 ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning everyone. I'm looking for some help. I'm trying to finding out what model of Kubota engine I have here on the Morecambe bay Prawner Strumpet. I know it's a Kubota three cylinder 16 hp but I can't find a thing that gives the model. Any help would be appreciated. Joel ... See MoreSee Less
Not sure if I should be intrigued or concerned, but this morning I have woken to see a sailing boat stuck on the sands off of Humphrey Head. I took this photo on my pocket camera and ran it through Luminar to pull out the detail, but I was shooting directly into the sun. Is it what you call a 'nobby'? Do you think the owner is safe and simply waiting for the tide? ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Roy Sinclair, thanks for your message. It looks a possibility it could be a Nobby. Although the bowsprit, if there is one, is very short. Standing upright it looks as if the owner(s) knows what they are doing.
As the mists lifted this morning, it looked like the stranded boat was taking on water so I rang Bay Search and Rescue, who suggested I rang Holyhead Coastguard, which I did. The boat is the Jamanda 3 which broke its moorings in Barrow about a week ago, and drifted into the Bay. It has a broken keel, which explains why it looks to be so deep in the sands. It's owner was onboard at the weekend, which explains why I saw a light on Saturday night. The owner is apparently trying to decide what to do for the best, but from what I'm seeing this morning, I fear that nature is going to have the last word!
Looking forward to the Crossfield's Conference 16 Oct 2021.
Crossfields Conference - Sat 16th October, Arnside
Arnside Sailing Club are holding a second conference on Crossfields of Arnside Boatbuilders, following the success of the first one in 2019. The conference was originally planned for March 2020 but postponed because of Covid 19.
Capacity for the conference is being limited to 50 due to Covid. There are still about 20 tickets left
Crossfields of Arnside were leading builders of gaff rigged yachts and Morecambe Bay Prawners (also known as Nobbies). They were active from the 1840s to 1940s. There are around 40 Crossfield Boats still in existence, including Bonita 1888 the oldest boat to take part in the 2013 OGA Round Britain Challenge. In 2018 Arnside Sailing Club brought Severn 1912 to have example of a Crossfields’ Boat in the village. The history of Crossfields is due to feature in a BBC Villages by the Sea programme about Arnside
The morning will include talks about a) Ziska built in Arnside in 1903 but now based on the West Coast of America. In June 2019 Ziska took part in the Race2Alaska b) Empress built by Crossfields in 1928, which is being restored prior to going out to the Mediterranean c) The history of the Nobby Owners Association and their boat by Maurice Evans
The afternoon will focus on the Sir William Priestley 1934, the Morecambe Fishermen’s Lifeboat and the different boats that have built from a mould taken from Sir William by Eric Bergqvist in 1979 including Minx owned by Paul Jolley (South West OGA)
Tickets £24 including lunch (any surplus will go towards the restoration and maintenance of Severn)
We plan offering the following social activities.
Friday 15th October from 8pm Sailing Club bar open for people coming to the conference
Saturday 16th October Conference supper in Sailing Club at 7.30pm . (Price £10)
Sunday 17th October, 1100 - 1300 Optional Visit to Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories (Price £7.50)
A chance to see the new Windermere Jetty a spectacular attraction with a great location, which includes steam boats, racing yachts and recording breaking motor boats. You are welcome to join their ‘conservation conversation’ at 11.30 am outside the Conservation Workshop to find out more about the restoration and conservation work they do.
A 125-Year-Old Classic SPRAY is a Classic Morecambe Bay Prawner with an exceptional pedigree. Regrettably due to bereavement 'SPRAY' is looking for a new and caring custodian. No finance has been spared for her restoration and her continued professional maintenance and maritime upgrades to the highest level of any Morecambe Bay Prawner.
She was built by the famous Lancashire Nobby builder, Crossfield's of Arnside in 1896 and is one of the last remaining boats from that era that is not only afloat but regularly partakes successfully in boating events all around the Irish Sea, from Liverpool where she is based. As well as a regular competitor in the Liverpool and Conway Nobby races. Her sailing Sailing adventures include North Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Cumbrian Coast and not forgetting her years present at the Peel Traditional Boat Festival at Peel on the Isle of Man. Lots of trophies to her credit.
Built-in 1896 by Crossfield's of Arnside, she is 32’ 3” x 9'6” X 4', registered as 7.36 tons. She has accommodation for four persons, two single bunks and one large (bow) double / two singles. This turnkey boat comes with a large suite of sails, a self-folding propeller, Garmen GPS, Maritime DSC Radio and a 4 person liferaft. Her rigging comprises two Wykeham-Martin Furling Gears along with sheets set up for one person management of the mainsail. A two-burner stove and a fuel tank for 40 gallons. A reliable 40 hp inboard diesel engine fitted to a hydraulic gearbox. She runs at a reliable 7 knots under power and can reach 9 knots under sail.
Asking £27,500. In the first instance please pm Kevin Goulding. ... See MoreSee Less