Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Wee Boats and Tartan Shirts

Took my lunch down by the harbour in Arbroath today. It was bright and cheerful but still that chilly sea breeze. I like these old style fishing boats much better than the modern boring yacht type things...... character I think it's called. These old boats are disappearing rapidly now that Arbroath no longer has a fishing industry and the harbour has been turned into a 'marina'. As Jim Royle would say... 'marina my arse'.
The top pic shows what the elegant man about the harbour is sporting these days. The de rigeur dress code appears to be quilted tartan shirts combined with scabby jeans, a highly appealing look I'm sure you'll agree. Certainly, I'm off to Primark tomorrow to get kitted out. Then I'll be able to hang out with the real men!
The flag is the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and between trying to catch it fully unfurled and asking those bloody seagulls to stay still, I had a tough job on my hands. 
In the background of the bottom pic you can see the new visitor centre, a bone of contention amongst locals. I don't think they take too kindly to all this 'modern' design. I'll post some close ups at a later date. Personally I quite like it.

From : The Ship of Death

.... And the little ship wings home, faltering and lapsing
on the pink flood,
and the frail soul steps out, into her house again
filling the heart with peace.

D.H. Lawrence 1885 - 1930

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  1. I thought it was only Canadians with this sort of sartorial style... and I'm just talking about the women! ;-)

    I'm not sure about that building. It's not awful but I'm not too sure that I like it (needs to see more pics first). It doesn't really distract from the boats at all (I didn't notice it until you mentioned it) but I could understand the contention if the residents are similar to where I lived in England, where there was a lot of debate about a redeveloped wharf area. What is the rest of Arbroath like?

    Great photos, btw.

    I did not know there was a 'Watery Wednesday'!

  2. These boats are as cute as boats can be.

  3. LOE your sense of humour. ;-)

    I agree that the old boats have way more character than modern yachts.

  4. I love the flag against the blue sky and the colorful boats are great.

  5. great photos, you're right the building is totally out of place, a nice wooden building would have been better....

    Gill in Canada

  6. Well you have certainly proved that it is not always cold and wet up north this time of year. The blues are so intense. Great photos. And the building doesn't look tooout of place.


  7. mtb - and do they have stubble and wear tammies?..... my kinda women.....lol
    Posted a close up for you. Actually looks better from the other side.
    The rest of Arbroath?...... well that's another story!

  8. nice pics of the harbour! my favorite is the red boat! =)

  9. Nice shots from a fishing village. It looks very much like our Gloucester, MA, USA. We are hanging onto our fishing, but the boats are aging, many of the coastal towns are becoming marinas.

  10. Very colorful post for Watery Wednesday - I like these boats better too, they look more authentic, like they fit in - rather than a yacht! Great post!

  11. Great selection of photographys, thanks for sharing.

    Hope your having a great week!
    Regina In Pictures

  12. Great shots. I really enjoyed this post.

  13. These wee boats are becoming rare in this part of the world - Burtonport was packed with them twenty years ago.

  14. Yes, these kinds of boats certainly do have more character than more 'modern' ones. It's good you've taken some pictures of them while they're still there!!

  15. Oh! I like those blue and red fishingboats. I like to paint them!

  16. The color of those boats! Beautiful.

  17. Lovely photos Thanks for sharing

    Gunilla in Sweden