The coble is a type of open traditional fishing boat which developed on the North East coast of England. The southern-most examples occur around Hull; the type extends to Burnmouth just across the Scottish border.
The distinctive shape of the boat — flat-bottomed and high-bowed — arose to cope with the particular conditions prevalent in this area. Flat bottoms allowed launching from and landing upon shallow, sandy beaches; an advantage in this part of the coast where the wide bays and inlets provided little shelter from stormy weather. However, fishermen required high bows to sail in the dangerous North Sea and in particular to launch into the surf and to land on the beaches. The design contains relics of Norse influence, though in the main it shows Dutch origin.
Local boat-builders constructed the clinker-built cobles locally as required, without the use of plans. The craftsmanship on many boats gave them a long working life. They had a reputation as dangerous to sail for an inexperienced crew, but in the hands of experts could move both safely and speedily.
Today, surviving cobles generally use diesel engines, removing the need for the distinctively shaped lug sail. In a further concession to comfort, a tarpaulin shelter often covers the bow.The Northumberland coastal village of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea has a pub called "The Coble", named in tribute to these boats.
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Thanks for all the comments and clicks for 'Staithes Blues', which did rather better than I expected.
This evening's upload was taken a few weeks ago, also at Staithes, when steviehutch
and I found ourselves there following a misunderstanding over tide times and the words 'low' and 'high'.
Both the light and the sunset were superb that evening but due to the high tide we were unable to walk around Cowbar Nab to take full advantage of it. We have made two or three trips back there since at low tide but have yet to see its like again.
I'm off out with my camera shortly but will hopefully catch up with everybody later this evening.
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