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The Coble

By DaveMead  
Hi Folks,

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.
Information from Wikipedia

Thanks for all the comments and clicks for 'Staithes Blues', which did rather better than I expected. Smile

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'. Grin
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.


Tags: Sunset Staithes North york moors North yorkshire coast Coble Landscape and travel

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annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
2 Aug 2011 5:36PM
peaceful image in stunning colours. What a contrast Smile
2 Aug 2011 5:49PM
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 6:24PM
brilliant detail dave super comp and colours a rweal beauty nice one Wink
2 Aug 2011 6:36PM
A gorgeous scene, smashing!

John Smile
FWWS1 10
2 Aug 2011 6:51PM
Wonderful sunset...
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
2 Aug 2011 7:48PM
Another fine image to your collection. Technically spot on and lovely colours. (It always rains whenever I get near Staithes!)

Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2011 8:40PM
really enjoyed reading your intro, very interesting, and I love the range of tones which blend so nicely with the boat too, I think there is another image too just with the boat and the lovely water, hard to say if it will work, or if you have a shot to do this with. Very nice work Dave

3 Aug 2011 11:04PM
Stunning image Dave,the coble is in just the right place,and the colours are superb.
Very interesting text description too . We had one of "those " sunsets here last night, the sky coloured up the clouds without warning, but of course I didn't go out last night with my camera !!!!!!!!!!!!
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2011 9:52PM
well composed shot Dave and you've captured the light really well.
danbrann 16 640 17
4 Aug 2011 10:50PM
Yes nice one David and a good narrative. We still have quite a few cobles up on our north east Coast and they always make for such a good image.
phil99 14 45 6 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2011 8:38PM
Excellent capture once again .Love the colour and tones from such a simple composition which works so well Dave . Many thanks for your award , very much appreciated .Will be in touch towards the back end of next week re . Heather moors etc .....Phil
oll1e 14 57 2 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2011 11:09PM
a good last gasp of light Dave ,like the write up too Wink

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