We’re very pleased that Starcrest is now safely in the workshop of the Clyde Maritime Trust. It was quite a job getting the big old heavy boat along into the shop, but after a few hours of pushing and pulling we figured it out.
Alan and Gary, the two apprentices who’ll be working on the restoration came along to watch the boat come out the water… I think they were suitably impressed by the scale of the task!
With the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games last night we are really proud to be able to say the GalGael were involved in various ways. You might have seen a quick blink of our guys standing beside a huge hand carved wooden seven during the count down at the start of the ceremony. Our volunteers and craftsmen made the piece in our workshop but we did the filming in front of the mighty Glenlee, so you could see both project partners at once during the opening ceremony.
You might also have noticed the Queen’s Baton, the wooden handle was built in GalGael just like the mast of a ship. It was turned on a lathe, and chiseled to fit the titanium exactly. A very proud day for our organisation!
If you’d like to learn the skills we used to make these two pieces of work head on over to the volunteering page and sign up to get involved! You never know where your work might end up!
Well, we tried to get Starcrest out the water. After a few hours of pushing and pulling we couldn’t quite get her exactly where we wanted, the keel wasn’t sufficiently supported. So the staff of Clyde Maritime Trust are going to modify the trailer and we’ll try again at high tide tomorrow. Keep an weather eye open for more updates!
We’re starting to get some people interested in volunteering, it’s really exciting to see the enthusiasm people have about learning traditional skills. We’re still working up some of the admin side of things here, but if you fill in the contact form on the volunteer page we’ll get back to you.
We’ll take a new intake of volunteers every six weeks, it keeps the admin and basic training manageable. The first intake date is the 5th of August.
We’re busy setting up all sorts of things here at Anchor and Sail HQ, recruiting boatbuilders and apprentices left right and centre. In the meantime here’s a beautiful shot by the amazing Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte of one of GalGael’s previous apprentices setting up frames on a 1/6th scale model of a Paul Gartside designed 38′ ketch.
Jason (Photo Credit: Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte)
The project was part of the development of Anchor and Sail, and was instrumental in us learning how best to run training programmes in traditional craft. The whole period also helped us to see the value in the intangible heritage as well as the physical assets, it’s in preserving the skills and traditions that the real essence is. If you want to help us keep these traditions alive, think about volunteering with us!