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.
The history of his coble
"It was built in 1946, Harrisonís of Amble, big boat builders, built to replace one at Dunkirk"
It was built in 1946, Harrisonís of Amble, big boat builders, built to replace one at Dunkirk, apparently, with the compensation money. The original boat had been co-opted by the navy, ended up taking people on the beaches at Dunkirk. On the train coming back after the war, apparently, it got damaged and beyond repair, so with the compensation money, I mean this is the story Iíve been told, I believe itís true, with the compensation money, he ordered a brand new boat from Harrisonís in 1946.
Mel has 15 memories in the memorynet:
Mel's memories with a Leisure theme:
- 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
- Growing up in Tynemouth
- Moving the Joan Dixon
Mel's other memories: