Enthusiastic volunteers are the most impressive thing about the Classic Boat Museum in East Cowes. “That was the decisive factor that led Solent Protection Society to award a Conservation Award to the museum” said Jeremy Clark, chairman of SPS, when he presented the award to Rosemary Joy at the museum.
THE PRESENTATION Photo: SPS
In addition to the boat hall, where the presentation took place, there is a fascinating archive that contains books, records, models and photos of the colourful history of sailing in Cowes. Displays of the construction of the Nab Tower sit alongside memorabilia for the great sailing yachts of the 1930s and many, many more exhibits.
SPS CHAIRMAN INSPECTS THE GALLERY Photo:SPS
In the boat hall, you will find the launch used by Keith Beken, the iconic Cowes yachting photographer; early dinghies; stylish speedboats and many other interesting craft. The influence of Uffa Fox is clear, with examples of his airborne lifeboat and an early International 14 dinghy, a class where his influence was strong in the 1940s. There are also example of local classes such as the Mermaid and the Redwing. The exhibition is located in East Cowes, an easy walk downstream from the chain ferry. Well worth a visit.
There is so much to see that you will need to allow plenty of time.
More photos will follow soon.