Category Archives: Steam and working boats

Mayfly – the first 75 years

This is the first of a three-part history of the Burnham oyster smack, the Mayfly. Built during the second half of the nineteenth century, and still sailing the waters of the Thames estuary, some 135 years on. An oral history … Continue reading

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Sea Swallow

The steam yacht Sea Swallow was built in 1878 for Mr S. Addison. Originally, she had a keel length of 40′ and a length from stem to taffil rail of 43′. In 1881, a further 7′ was added by the … Continue reading

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Spitfire

Spitfire was built for Mr Spencer Addison in 1879. Her length on the keel was 32′ and her LOA was 37′. She had a beam of 9′. Spitfire’s launch got a brief mention in THE CHELMSFORD CHRONICLE Friday October 24th … Continue reading

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The Addison Years

Oysters have been on the British menu since prehistory, but over time, the fishing for uncultured oysters was replaced with highly developed forms of cultivation on managed grounds. Burnham and the Crouch were among a number of East Coast fisheries … Continue reading

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