RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby EWW » 19 Feb 2011, 11:20

This link has a great record in it of a brand new Bristol Channel Cutter being built.
There is everything from having the timber delivered to the finished article, wonderfull.

http://www.topsail-adventures.co.uk/ind ... -2009.html
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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby EWW » 12 Mar 2011, 10:23

Like to thank RP for these couple of pictures.
LAKEYMATE learning the ropes :roll:

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Me even more confused than usual with the rigging :)

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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby RMP » 19 Mar 2011, 18:39

Thanks for the pictures showing the continued restoration of The Activity. Looking good!
How much time will this current extention involve? If you post more photos would appreciate a short explanation as each phase progresses. I am not "Boat Savvy", but enjoy seeing the progress, made possible by relentless efforts of dedicated people participating in this fascinating and valuable procedure.
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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby EWW » 19 Mar 2011, 19:03

One of our members LAKEYMATE will be taking out another couple of
planks from the port side of the boat in the next few weeks and
replacing them (I will help :) ) just about everything has been completed
on the boat now apart from one or two small things. Waiting now for
a long spell of warm dry weather so I can repaint the whole boat and
make her look spic and span and Bristol fashion. There will always be
little maintenance jobs to do on such an old wooden boat. The rigging
has all been changed from the horrible old blue stuff to nice new white
rope. Hoping to have a new sail for her in the next few weeks as a
sail-maker down in Essex has donated one to us. I am going down in
a couple of weeks time to pick it up. More photos to follow as and
when more work is completed.
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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby BrianDavies » 01 Nov 2012, 17:16

I saw somewhere that Robert "Lordy" Howard once owned the Activity. Is that correct? Are there records out there that show when boats transferred from one owner to another?

Lordy Howard has turned up in my family tree.

I guess there must be some organisation who was/is responsible for registering boats, bit like the DVLA for cars now?
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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby EWW » 01 Nov 2012, 18:43

All in True's yard archive room Brian. The boat registers will tell you when he owned it.
Next time you are in look in the BOAT INDEX files volume one :)
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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby BrianDavies » 01 Nov 2012, 18:52

Many thanks. Thought they'd be somewhere.

Hope to get down to Lynn once more this year if I can. I'll search them out then.
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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby EWW » 09 Nov 2012, 16:43

There were three boats called the ACTIVITY the large smack LN89 that is at the yard.
The other two were row boats. One a two ton row and the other a one ton row.

The smack was built for William James Chase (first owner)

Then William James Howard owned her but the boat index has his nickname as PLUCK HOWARD.

Third owner was Harry Hodds of Boston.

fourth owner was W. J. Steward of Lynn.

The two ton row (Activity2)was owned by W. J Howard (Pluck)

The one ton row (Activity3)was owned by a William John Howard. No Nickname in boat index.
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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby BrianDavies » 09 Nov 2012, 18:15

Thanks EWW.

I've got to admit that I'm struggling a bit to understand exactly who "Lordy" Howard was. I thought I'd sort of worked it out, last time I was at True's Yard, but I keep seeing other references to other people being referred to as "Lordy" Howard.

All very confusing, but it certainly makes the detective work more interesting!
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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby EWW » 16 Oct 2017, 10:09

Lord Howard is the local bigwig round here and lots of Howards get saddled with that nickname. Its a bit like
Smudger Smith, or Dusty Miller.
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Re: RESTORATION OF THE SMACK "ACTIVITY"

Postby EWW » 16 Oct 2017, 10:12

John Lake accquired the licence of the Activity (LN89) after Mr Naylor laid her up.
Unusual to see green boats in this port.

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