A beautiful Thames Bawley, 'Bona', arrived alongside whilst Lady Cate was out of the water. 'Bona' was built in Brightlingsea in 1903, a true classic.
As you can see from her huge bowsprit, stored under white covers here, and her highly extendable mast, she could carry acres of canvas. She was used for shrimping in the Thames Estuary. Once filled she would race back to market. First boats to market got the best prices.
Here she is in full fig, Harwich 2007, picture courtesy of Photo Diary.
Back to Lady Cate who now has a lovely red bottom and bright shiny de-dinged props.
The hull has been prepped and painted to a fine finish by Simon and Matt, pictured and young Billy who missed his photo-op.
So off to the water, with a sigh of relief on my part. Living ashore is not much fun.
And down in the dock ....
... in to water again. Hooray!
Back to home berth looking especially fine with her fine paint finish and original blue stripe livery.