A Shot Across the Bows - True's Yard 7th May

Survey of Fishing Smack LN89 ACTIVITY

Another Fishing Smack Example

The focus of this event was to make a detailed record the Fishing Smack in the garden of True's Yard as there a number of signs of decay. We met up on Saturday and started working by carrying out a quick visual inspection. In general the fishing smack, used to collect shellfish from the Wash, was well preserved although there were a few places where the wood had rotted on the Port side. Most parts, including the decking, appeared sound although there was noticable loss of caulking between the planking, not a bad thing as this would allow any rainwater to drain rather than gather in the bilges.

Points of Interest

It was also noted that the masts and twin booms appeared newer than the rest of the vessel and that the rudder was of an unusual design. There appeared to be no sails stored with the vessel but it was clear that a small engine and propeller had been added at some stage in the past. Neither the propeller or engine are currently installed but it was clear from the clearances that the propeller would have been small and likely used for manourering in port or at the shell-beds rather than the primary means of propulsion. As the vessel was used for collecting shellfish one would expect it be used inshore and to have a small draft, although the mast and booms would indicate that would be expected to travel reasonable distances at sea.

We completed a line drawing of the vessel and this was complemented with a number of digital photographs taken from a variety of angles.

Follow up:

It would be useful to explore the possibilty of members of the local community who remember when boats like the this in daily use. Perhaps we could collect some oral history interviews if we can locate such people?

For further information there is a flyer for the event Information Here

Link to the True's Yard Website

Tour of Historic Hardwick Cemetery (Sunday 11th June 2017)

Dr Paul Richards will be conducting a tour called 'Mariners, Merchants and Industrialists' at Hardwick Cemetery starting at the gates at 2pm (Charge £4).

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St Martha's Test Pits (Sunday 25th June 2017: 11am)

Archaeology demonstration at St Martha's Roman Catholic Primary School Summer Fete. The location is off Roseberry Avenue, Field Lane, Gaywood.

Binham History Group(Friday 23rd June to Sunday 25 June 2017: 9am start)

Investigation of an area identified by GeoPhysics and fieldwalking. Test pitsbeing dug over three days, all welcome.

Historic Pubs of Lynn (Friday 23rd June 2017)

Dr Paul Richards will be conducting a tour called 'Historic Pubs in Lynn' starting at True's Yard 6pm (Charge £5).

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Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know? (28th July 2017)

A public illustrated lecture to be held at St. Margaret's Minister, 4:30pm, by Dr. Laura Kalas Williams, Research Associate and Tutor, Department of English, the University Exeter.

Margery Kempe's boisterous mysticism and medicine: uncovered!. Tickets available from True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum £5


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Society Conference (25th November 2017)

Will be held at Marriott's Warehouse Trust, South Quay, King's Lynn, 10:00-17:00, Saturday 25th November. The subject is 'Women in the Archaeology and History of West Norfolk: Female Voices Across Time'. Places are free but limited and may be booked from True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum