Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Back in the Beginning...





I think I should write all this down, but like a lot of the experience of owning and working on an old tugboat it's difficult to know where to start so...The vessel known as Wendy Ann 2 is an old british Admiralty tug, built in 1939 and commissioned in 1940- made of steel and has been sat in salt water her whole life so I mean old. She's also practically scrap but for one reason or another we didn't realise this when putting money where the mouth was. It's true to say that Becky and I fell in love with Wendy as soon as we clapped eyes on her. It's also true that we were complete blithering idiots with absolutely no idea whatsoever what we were letting ourselves in for and were both sporting the very thickest rose tinted spectacles at the time. That was just over a year ago and an awful lot has changed since then. My whole life in fact. But I like a challenge and a learning curve and maybe, just maybe we'll succeed in our mission to save this boat and build a home aboard this once proud machine..

19 Comments:

Blogger bowiechick said...

Hello! I found your blog via
Tim's site too. Ahhh... another kindrid spirit. It is so nice to know we aren't alone in the world of fixing up derelict boats. There are other nutbars just like us!

Blogging is a great way to journal your progress and vent a bit too. Are you living on it while you fix it up?

At any rate I am going to put a link to your blog on my boat blog and I am going to keep checking up on your progress. Best of luck.

Sincerely, Tana "aka Bowiechick
Richmond, BC, CANADA

5:27 pm  
Anonymous Fred (WWR) said...

Hi! My name is Fred. I found your Blog via Tim Zim. I originally met Tim on the chat page of Whole Wheat Radio http://www.wholewheatradio.org

Tim and I sort of connected thru our common interest in flying. When I found out what he was doing with the fishing trawler I got hooked on my first Blog. Though I'm not doing something similar myself, I am an old sailor and have found it quite interesting. So, having told myself I have better things to do than follow Blogs, I find myself checking Tim's regularly and now it looks like I may have a couple more peoples lives to voyeur.

Any way, good luck on your project and I'll probably be setting her watching you from outer space. Incase you are wondering what the heck that is all about, I have spotted the Lady Jane via Google Earth. Where is your project located, I'd love to see if it shows up on Google.

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Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

Hi Tana and Fred, I really would like to be living aboard but right now the after wheelhouse cabin is the only habitable part of the whole boat, so thats where we stay whilst we work, but unfortunately the rest of Wendy A is presently a huge building site, so I don't live on her full time yet.
And Fred, see if you can find a strange looking white tent from space at Saxon Wharf, just next to Northam bridge, Southampton. White tent is to contain all the filth from blasting, grinding and so on, a condition of our stay there... all will be explained!
sincerely,
Seb.

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