Thursday, December 8, 2011

Newsletter Update December 2011

West Wales Maritime Heritage

December 2011 Update

Since our last report Quest is virtually complete and is just awaiting a fresh coat of paint. There is just the small matter of a couple of tears in the mainsail to be attended to.
Undine has now had the centre board fitted, having been scrubbed off, galvanised and painted. For many years we have discussed replacing the lifting arm, which was a long iron bar with what looked like an old-fashioned loo cistern handle at the end. In the lifted position it lay along the centre board casing, and you couldn’t sit on a vertical iron bar. We now have a cable and pulley system, which is much better. We still need to rely on an outboard for power. If only we could find a suitable inboard, the Stuart Turner having resisted all efforts to get it going reliably.
We have now started on Activist, the ex-Outward Bound 26 ft. ketch. The shattered sheer strake has been replaced, and new frames are being laminated up, prior to replacing quite a few of the planks. Then the transom will need some attention, and a few rusty fittings will be replaced. We earnestly hope that she will be on the water next season.
We still have a half-finished Tenby Lugger in the shed. We are trying to set up a funded project to restore it, but funding bodies will not consider us until we have a secure base wherein to locate it. Our future in our present location is very unsure, due to the proposed Martello Quays development, so we are looking at other possible sites to move to. If there is any light at the end of the tunnel it is a long way off. A fairy godmother would be very welcome.
We do have a programme of extra-mural activities. We have attended, and displayed, at the annual archaeological Day School at the College, and we have a series of evening talks arranged. We shall be taking part next year in some local water-based events, such as the Pembroke Rally and the Fishguard Sea Festival. Also Seafair Haven will happen next year, organised by Tall Ships Wales, with our support. The land-based events will be in a slightly lower key, due to lack of money, but the boats will be on the water just the same, in, we hope, impressive numbers.
An important aspect of the Society's mission is to disseminate the West Wales Maritime Heritage Story through the attendance at shore based events, and in respect of this, the Society participated in the planning of the Annual Conference of Morol, the Institute of Welsh Maritime Studies, an all Wales organisation, which took place at St Dogmaels on Saturday 5 November.
. Here the Society members mounted an interpretative display which proved popular with visitors. To further this aim, the Society organises a series of talks through the winter, details of which will be found on the Society's web site, and also can be obtained by contacting the Chairman by phone on 01646 663819 or email

We send out our newsletters online by email where we can, to save postage, but we have too few email addresses. If you do have an email address we do not know of, please send it to The Treasurer will be very grateful.
Just a reminder…the £15 subscription is due on Jan 1st. Of course, if you would really like to keep up with what is happening in the yard, come along any Monday morning. We won’t make you do anything if you don’t want to!
Happy Christmas; Keep sailing.

West Wales Maritime Heritage Subscription 2012

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Pembroke SA71 4NY

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Next Winter Event

2 Archive Films

Day Trips with
P & A Campbell
The pleasure excursion operator on the Bristol Channel


Milford Fishing Industry
[Note change of title from previously published programme}
Neyland Yacht Club
Thursday 24 November
7.30 pm
Admission free but there will be a retiring collection

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Correction to Winter Talk

David James' Talk will be on Thursday 27th October not 26th as stated.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Latest Newsletter now available on the website;

Also details of the Morol Conference in November.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cruise up the Pembroke River with the Steamboat Association

On Wednesday 27th July we sailed up the Pembroke River into the Castle Pond with 2 boats from the Steamboat Association, where we were met by the Mayor of Pembroke.

A lovely day which everybody thoroughly enjoyed.

Friday, July 8, 2011

New Photo Gallery

Check out our new photo gallery on Flikr

More will be added when I have time!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Recent Events

Hakin School discovering boats with David James and David Reed

New Tenby Lugger under construction at Mitec

Haverfordwest Mayor inspects his domain

David James leads a walk round Pembroke Dock

Back From Holiday

Just back from Canada and picking up threads.

Went to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Great place, they take maritime heritage seriously! A maritime museum with a workshop that restores old boats, what a dream is that!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

We Saw Three Ships Talk

A couple of pictures of the scene at Neyland Yacht Club during this talk by Linda and Stuart Asman. An interesting and informative look at 3 ships they had visited last year, Warrior, Garlandstone and Kathleen and May. A good turnout and all seemed to enjoy the Evening.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Newsletter Update

Workshop Activity

Just a few pictures of some of the work going on in the workshop last Monday, Nick and Dennis on Undines engine, Activist Bulkheads completed, Malcolm Chris and Stuart A stripping Quest's decking, Stuart C strengthening Supporter's Transom and redecking of Undine by David.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Next Winter Programme Event

Curry suppers will be available at the bar during the evening for £7