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 attraction of the coble
"Itís part of the history of the North East and they look nicer"
Itís part of the history of the North East and they look nicer- thereís something about a proper boat made of wood with a history to it which a modern plastic cruiser will never have. Thereís people using plastic fishing boats now but I canít imagine people 20 years, 30 years, 50 years time, wanting to preserve them. Thereís something about a wooden boat- I think one that is built for a purpose. In the old days, especially, modern boats are a bit ugly, old wooden fishing boats are beautiful to look. Theyíre built for a certain purpose, thereís nothing wasteful about them and they just have a certain physical attraction. They are beautiful to look at.
Mel has 15 memories in the memorynet:
Mel's memories with a Traditions theme:
- Rescuing and restoring the coble
- First voyage after restoration
- The attraction of the coble
- The Joan Dixon
Mel's other memories: