Liquidators dipsersal of historic craft: 26 July 2017

Gipsy N1, built 1936 AN Compton of Cowes to Uffa Fox design
©Sweeney Kincaid Auctioneer

Notice of online auction

ONLINE AUCTION (Eyemouth, Cardiff & Lowestoft) Closing 12 Noon Wed 26th July 2017 *

Being sold under the instructions of the liquidators of Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association Limited (Eisca), a Scottish registered Charity

MARITIME MUSEUM’S BOAT COLLECTION – Comprising: 270 Boats of Internationally significant importance from around the world. These range from an Arabian Pearling Dhow to classic racing Dinghies, Trans-Pacific and other competition craft alongside other International working boats. It is thought that some go back 500 years but many are from the 19th century. This collection started life at The Exeter Maritime Museum (ISCA) in 1968 and has been significantly added to since that time under a new charity (Eisca). The collection is understood to include many of the last known survivors of their type in the world, constructed from Reed, Timber, Metals including Aluminium and Iron, and of course Glass Fibre.

Also to be included in this online auction sale are a range of Artefacts including a photographic archive, Library and maritime ephemera.

The entire contents of Eisca locations throughout the UK will be auctioned individually, here online, closing online Wednesday 26th July at 12 Noon *

Further information on the Auctioneers website.

An East Coast OGA member notes:

The vessels are all now based at Eyemouth, Lowestoft and Cardiff, but were originally at the Exeter Maritime Musueum having been collected together and run over many years by the marvellous Major David Goddard who was a co Trustee with me, Jayne Tracey at the World Ship Trust.

The larger of his collection of historic craft were kept in sailing order, taking out the public to steam or sail and remained afloat in Exeter Canal. The smaller rare native craft were housed in the ancient canalside wharves and warehouses. All went well until his landlords - Exeter Council - built a hotel on his car park!  This was the beginning of the end for Exeter Maritime Museum. The Major is now dead and must be turning in his grave.

One good piece of news is that Robert Simper asked me to join a committee to restore an Aldeburgh Beach Boat 'Four Daughters'  that he had found at the Eyemouth Museum and rescued, planning to restore. Last summer we were able to hand her over to the Mayor of Aldeburgh and she can now be seen on the beach beside the North Tower and the working fishing boats. Find out more on the Aldeburgh Beach Boats website.

My appeal is to OGA members or others out there with an interest in conserving our historic craft who would like to take on some of these vessels.

This dispersal is disastrous for historic craft in the UK, and represents the dispersal of a great international collection. How sad!

Jayne Tracey
East Coast OGA Member
(writing in a personal capacity)

17 Jul 2017