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 Mouth of the River Festival 2005
"When the Tall Ships were coming in. There were two memorable trips last summer. The first one was the Mouth of the River Festival"
When the Tall Ships were coming in. There were two memorable trips last summer. The first one was the Mouth of the River festival- that was the first time I went to sail. I spent about three months before that making a mast and yard arm out of cut down telegraph poles and things and fitting the sail and fitting the rigging. We finished on the Monday before the weekend of the Mouth of River festival and on the Saturday morning motored out through the piers- luckily it was a nice calm day- flat sea and blue sky, blazing sunshine, just a gentle breeze and up went the sail. It was the first time I had it under sail and that was a very proud moment.
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: