Category Archives: General

Alan Buchanan Yacht Plans

Following the death of Alan Buchanan, his collection of yacht plans and drawings have been passed to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for entry into their archive. The update below describes progress as of April 2016, Rolls of plans are … Continue reading

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Alan Buchanan

Alan Buchanan C.Eng, FRINA passed away peacefully at Lakeside Care Home, Jersey, on Monday, 26 January, 2015, in his 93rd year. From the mid-1950’s until it’s close in 1967, nearly all of Stebbings’ new boats were Alan Buchanan designs. Many … Continue reading

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Apologies

Apologies to any recent visitors whose browser warned them that this site is insecure.  I got hacked! The damage has now been repaired and the security has been tightened up.  If you run a WordPress blog and suffer a similar … Continue reading

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Winter Time

December 2011, and it looks like it’s going to be a mild Christmas for most of us. Some hardy types will probably get out for a sail on the Crouch, but in the coldest of winters ice may stop play. … Continue reading

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‘Preparing for the Yachting Season’

Lancelot Speed was a well known Victoria illustrator of books, with much of his commercial work being of figures and scenes from myth and legend, and Arthurian legend in particular. He was also a keen sailor, and a number of … Continue reading

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Shipyard Spotlight

The Shipyard Spotlight was a paper produced during the second world war by the Admiralty. It reminded shipyard workers of the importance of their efforts and glorified ship production and success at sea, although it did report losses as well. … 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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Stebbings family history

Thomas Stebbings, born in 1782, was a farmer at Foxes Farm on Foulness and lived until he was 80 years old. He had seven children by his first wife Anna who died the same year their last child, John, was … Continue reading

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Auction of land on Chapel Road, 1902

In February 1902, Ernest J. Gale issued a plan and description of property on Chapel Street (nowadays Chapel Road) and the High Street, for sale by auction. I need to do more research but Stebbings may have bought one or … Continue reading

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W.Stebbings & Sons, The Quay

Images from over the years of the Stebbings shed located on the quay.

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