Maritime Experiences

We will have a whole host of maritime talks and various experiences available,  including:

  • Maritime Wood Carver
  • Scrimshaw History
  • Wooden Boat Builder
  • Traditional lobster pot weaving
  • Traditional Flag Maker
  • Knot Tyers
  • Knot Making Machine
  • Heritage Sieve & Riddle producer
  • River Teign Shellfish Company
  • Whaling History
  • Maritime Storyteller
  • South Devon fever ships talk
  • Liverpool Shanty Workshop
  • Shanty Talk & Singing

Weather permitting, there will also be Pilot Gig Rowing “taster” sessions over the weekend.

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Crab / Lobster pot making (Heritage craft)

David French

This is a family tradition with Dave carrying on from his Grandfather Walter Mears, and his sons Geoffrey and Gerald Mears.

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Knotting

The International Guild of Knot Tyers

Gordon Teenan

Do you know your Prusik from your bowline?

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Rope Making Machine

Mark Richmond

Watch rope being produced before your very eyes!

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Johanna Lucretia tall ship

Owned and sailed by the Island trust.

Moored in Teignmouth all over the festival weekend.

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MCS Marine Conservation Society

Jules Agate

Learn how the Marine Conservation Society, fighting for a cleaner, better protected, healthier ocean.

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Mayfly fever ship and other wrecks

Grant Bettinson

Knackered boats and where to find them?

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Poetry

Rebecca Drake

Hull Maritime Poet-in-Residence

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River Teign Rowing Club

Weather permitting, there will be Cornish Pilot Gig “taster” sessions.

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Scrimshaw

Laura Courto is currently researching the Scott Polar Research Institute scrimshaw collection and will give a talk on the fascinating way sailors used this to pass the time.

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Seaweed

Ebb Tides Seaweeds

Tony Coulson

Tasting and smelling will bring the talk alive!

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Shaldon School

Students will be on the beach to welcome in the Johanna Lucretia.

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Ship's Figurehead Carving

Andy Peters

See some simply wondrous examples and talk to a man with 30+ years of carving them.

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Shellfish

River Teign Shellfish

Barry Sessions

This ever popular local character will be regaling us with stories of mussels and oysters.

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Sieves

Overthrow Riddles & Sieves (Heritage craft)

Steve Overthrow is last wooden sieve manufacturer in UK and will be talking about how sieves are used in Cockle fishing.

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Shipwrecks

South West Maritime Archaeology Group

Ron Howell

Ron will talk about the Salcombe Wrecks’ and / or a talk on an Topsham Ketch lost off Salcombe called ‘To Sail no more’

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Teignmouth pirate and smuggler's tales

Eileen Simpson

The well known local museum storyteller and expert on Teignmouth history will fascinate us all in her own inimitable style!

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Whaling

Rachael Utting

Rachael will be presenting a brief history of the South Seas Whale Fishery, with a focus on life below deck as described through the logbooks and journals of those onboard.

The Performers

Performer 1 (with video)

Performer 2 (with videos)

Performer 3 (no videos)