North East Maritime Trust
South Shields has an association with the sea going back many centuries, and for the pastthousand years or more these banks and shore on the River Tyne have been the home to ship and boat builders who relied on the sea for their livelihoods. The North East Maritime Trust in Wapping Street, South Shields is home to craftsmen who are dedicated to the restoration and building of medium sized boats, by hand, and mainly with wood which evoke bygone years when their crafts were in much higher demand.
I found these hand made models in their workshop, miniature works of art displaying the master craftsmen’s work in small scale, each model is made using materials which were available and to hand at the time. Some of these models are over a hundred years old. No kits, no patterns or instructions, each piece made to measure, glued into place, and hand painted.
Tomorrow I will show you the work that is currently in hand for these skilled boat builders.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/45 second, f5.6, iso 400