Tuesday, July 10, 2007


AbundanceIn the picture I took of the Sand Weaver arriving the other day was a small white boat, called the Abundance.

I'm sorry to be told that she has sunk, off of Aldernay.

I had noticed the recent painting activity on the boat, and may well have got round to blogging about it at some point, though would prefer it not to have been this particular entry.

Regardless of the rights or wrongs of the situation, that's not what this blog is about, it is sad to see someone's hopes and dreams end this way.

I sincerely hope I never need rescuing, especially in such sorrowful circumstances.

This is also a reminder for me to renew my RNLI membership, a very worthwhile charity.


  1. I was very sorry to read about the loss of the "Abundance" .It is always a shock to read about this sort of event when you have somthing similar yourself . I must say though it shows how important it is to have the right experience and a total respect of the sea and the conditions it can throw at you without warning.
    I have done a lot of sailing yachts around the Channel Islands and I find it scary to think of the conditions that can occur there with tide rips,just submerged rocks and heavy seas.Not a place I would like to take the Strathspey to without an experienced skipper.
    I am glad the two survived without serious injury and it's sad about the cat.
    Some of these old trawlers can be very prone to starting planks when suddenly exposed to heavy conditions afters years of sitting in quiet estuaries .You can also see why insurance is hard to get without a full survey ,As we know the whole idea of insurance is risk assesment and you can see why old boats are hard to insure.
    I am glad my boat is twenty years younger and had a full DTI inspection three years ago.
    Even for your short trip Tim you used a Qualified skipper.And I shall certainly do the same when the time comes to head South and after this I think I will have a hull inspection or survey carried out as a precaution.
    But after all that my heart goes out to these two who have lost so much and must be wishing they had turned back at the Needles.


  2. So very very Sad! :o(( although 44 years ago, I served my apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner, I have never been too sure about wooden boats! just so much fire wood :o(( imho, and a great deal of maintenence! but then again aren`t they all?

  3. I must say I don't think of my boat as so much firewood !!!

  4. HI Andrew! Your boat looks very nice and will serve you well I`m sure! I guess that, much the same as the worst critics of smoking are ex smokers, so the worst critics of wooden boats are ex wood workers with little knowledge (like me) sorry if I offended you! Its just my opinion for what its worth.

  5. Hi Rob

    No offense taken ,there is an awful lot of wood in a big old trawler like mine and the good thing is it is easy to screw things onto it.

  6. michael john hardwick9:24 AM

    some history folks.The Abundance was built by Husbands yard in 1949 completing a hull started during the war for the admiralty she was completed as a tug/water carrier and worked towing stone barges into fawley power station during its construction,during her last years with husbands she carried freshwater 50 tons at a time to ships. Skippered by a belgian? by the name of rubeuns van felten,known to one and all as roofing felt,she was built like the proverbial brick dunnie and when sold on she worked with Dean and Dyballs towing stone barges until passing into private hands.she appeared for a while at Exeter then gloucester docks before appearing again in her home town.The owner then set about building what can only be said to be an unsympathetic shed fore and aft of the wheelhouse topped of by a small shower made of old doors and a 45 gallon drum painted black .He then departed southampton heading for Spain but the approx two hours to the Needles took over six.The rest turned into a nightmare endurance test for the crew and the boat,24 hours later with the owner having been at the wheel for 24 hours nonstop she was in heavy weather and making water in the engine room losing electrical power with the deck houses breaking free,somewhere off the coast of Aldeney.She was abandoned, the crew being rescued by Aldeney life boat all but for the poor moggie.
    For the benifit of you dreamers,The world would be a much greyer and boring place without you,but dreams must be tempered with common sense and a realisation that when you least expect it the sea will reach out and bite your bum,believe me after a lifetime on the water my arse is scarred.First a forecast a 2p phone call or a call at any marina would have given a indication of conditions,be careful when you tamper with the construction of your dream machine.A large lounge is great for entertaining but it makes a bloody awful swimming pool so maintain water tight integrity with proper watertight doors where ever possible,dont underestimate the weather believe me anythig over a F6 is not good.And finally if your out there have a passage plan that includes places of shelter if it kicks up.Hindsight is a wonderful thing and in this case they are lucky that they can apply it many dont get the chance,but whatever happens dont lose your dreams. safe sailing.

  7. Anonymous9:09 PM

    Abundance History We'll a little bit She worked for some years for Husbands Ship yard before being Purchased by Williams shipping Marine, used for towing, delivery of fresh water and Diesel around the Port.