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Saxonia Charters 01206  823373  info@SaxoniaCharters.co.uk

 

© 2003 - 2013     Saxonia Charters

Saxonia Charters, Wivenhoe, Essex. Tel: 01206 823373

 

Trawling and dredging.

 

Saxonia is equipped with a range of authentic hand-operated fishing gear -  oyster dredges, beam trawls, shrimp trawls and herring drift-nets.

Come out on one of our fishing days to experience at first-hand the fishing techniques used over 100 years ago.

You can keep all fish caught - shrimps are cooked and eaten on board.

The type of gear used depends on the time of year and the fishery.. Generally oysters and herring-drifting in winter and trawling in summer.

Spratts are no longer fished from Brightlingsea but herring, sole, cod, whiting, skate, lobster, shrimp and oysters and mussels can all be found.

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Oyster dredging - West Mersea

The Mayor of Colchester on board Saxonia to open the Colne oyster fishery.

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Oyster dredging

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Saxonia - 1953 off  Southend Pier with a deck full of whitebait.

Traditional seamanship.

 

Saxonia weighs 20 tons - there are no winches or modern aids - everything is done by hand the traditional way.

 

Come and learn some of the tricks, techniques and traditional skills of seamanship which enabled our forefathers to handle these heavy gaff-rigged fishing smacks and their gear.   Ideal for those with some sailing experience and an interest in learning more about sailing traditional craft.

 

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An excellent complement to RYA practical courses in seamanship  and navigation which will give you confidence in handling a very traditional bawley.

Topics covered - Awareness of local wind, tide & currents; boat-handling etc.; handling gaff-rigged sails, anchoring, heaving-to, reefing etc.

Fishing / seamanship

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