Mel belongs to: The Coble and Keelboat Society
Mel was born in Tynemouth. From childhood he has always had an interest in boats and the sea. Mel has a coble, which he has restored. He joined The Coble and Keelboat Society through a friend. It is a good way to find out information and make contacts.
Mel was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 16 February 2006. The interview took place at Ouseburn Heritage Centre and lasted 20 minutes and 27 seconds.
"One thing that always takes straight back to being a kid at Tynemouth, there was a bell buoy in the Black Middens"
One thing that always takes straight back to being a kid at Tynemouth, there was a bell buoy in the Black Middens, which is a notorious reef, it’s where an old coal seam comes to the surface, hence the name, it’s in front of Collingwood’s Monument and before the piers were built it was, that was the main reason the life brigade was set up, formed because of wrecks on the Black Middens. Dreadful place, before the piers were built, very dangerous. There was a bell buoy on there and in fog you could hear it, the sea would carry the sound. All of Tynemouth, this mournful ‘dong dong’, and I hear that tone of bell now, it just takes me back to being a kid in Tynemouth on a foggy night. You only seemed to hear it then, I don’t know if it was switched on for that, or because I remember, it was only foggy night, it just carried better. Still there.
Mel has 15 memories in the memorynet:
- The history of his coble
- How he got his coble
- Rescuing and restoring the coble
- First voyage after restoration
- The Mouth of the River Festival 2005
- The Tall Ships 2005
- The attraction of the coble
- Growing up in Tynemouth
- The Joan Dixon
- Invoice for the Joan Dixon
- Moving the Joan Dixon
- The Joan Dixon being launched
- The Joan Dixon under sail
- The Bonga