Saturday, 14 May 2011

Beaulieu River Stroll

The walk from Beaulieu in the New Forest National Park down to Buckler's Hard follows the unspoiled, wooded river which is also home to some very interesting boats. This delightful sloop looks to have been built between the wars as a performance cruiser.

A great place to stop and rest is Buckler's Hard, the Georgian Hamlet is largely preserved as it was in the day when ships for Nelson's Navy were built there, although the web cam (see Bucker's Hard link) is relatively new.

It's also a yachting center and while walking around the trailer sailor park we spotted this interesting boat, clearly new with a bright shiny brass stem band. Just visible under the cover are wooden spars which suggest a traditional rig, but the hull although tradition in many ways clearly has many modern touches including that high aspect rudder. Sadly there were no identification marks so it remains a mystery boat about which I'd like to know more.


7 comments:

  1. It is hard for me to imagine this place as an industrial ship building site. Looks like a great place to sailing or have a boat. If you keep enticing me like this I may just have to come over and do a wander. I have been thinking about a transatlantic ....

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  3. Its unlikelihood as an industrial shipbuilding site was put to good use in World War 2 when parts of the Mulberry Harbour, essential to the Allies' Normandy invasion plans, was built along the banks of the Beaulieu river, just below Bucklers Hard.

    I don't think this is well-known. I only know it because Sir Owen Aisher, who was one of the Mulberry construction contractors, showed me around his house and land, including the places where he had built the Mulberry components.

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  4. Re: World War Two Buckler's Hard, there is a picture of a World War Two Gun Boat at Buckler's Hard here:

    http://newforest-notebook.com/journal/hythe-built-world-war-ii-gun-boats-preserved-for-the-nation.html

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