BRISTOL CHANNEL PILOT CUTTER
Sea conditions at
the entrance to the Bristol Channel are one of the most dangerous in the British
Isles, particularly in bad weather. During the ninteenth century, it was the
local pilot with his pilot cutter and intimate knowledge of the rocks, reefs and
tides who turned this treacherous place into a safe haven for the ships that
came in from the Atlantic Ocean from long voyages. In these demanding conditions
the pilot cutters evolved into fast, strong and seaworthy crafts that sailed the
open seas all year round, going far out into the Atlantic in search of ships.
The Bristol Channel pilot cutters thereby developed a reputation as one of the
finest sea boats in England. With lean bows and a fine stern, they were able to
cut through the seas with ease when fighting to windward. They were tiller
steered and flush decked and designed more for heavy seas than light airs.
shipped on the 19th Oct 2006 on board the container ship OEL Express to
Felixstowe in UK via Colombo.
Click here to see pictures of the 50ft long x 14ft wide x 14ft deep wooden, carvel-constructed, copper & bronze fastened pilot cutter during construction.
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