Thats right Mac, there is a row of them on Holy Island. An enchanted row with grey beards sometimes sat in the doorways in the sun.Mac said:Holy Island (Lindisfarne) Northumberland. Fishermens gear shed.
Ahoy,Harry Nicholson said:Hello chaps, thanks for those posts. Near us is the village of Sandsend, just north of Whitby. There is a man there who builds cobbles still, and his son is keeping the craft going.
I've read that these cobles (pronounced cobble in Durham and Yorks, and coeble in Northumberland) are ancient North Sea boats which descend from craft the Danes and Vikings used.
Another boat that interests me from history is the 'hoy', I've never seen a sketch of one. One dictionary describes it as an inshore craft and I wonder if it also was a large coble. There are several references in Hartlepool parish register of people being drowned out of hoys, but none after 18th c to best of my knowledge. Has any of you a really good reference book or encyclopeadia?