Maritime Experiences

Maritime Experiences

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

  • Maritime Wood Carver
  • Scrimshaw History
  • Johanna Lucretia Tall Ship 
  • Traditional lobster pot weaving
  • Seaweed Production
  • Knot Tyers
  • Rope Making Machine
  • Heritage Cockle Sieve producer
  • River Teign Shellfish Company
  • Whaling History
  • Maritime Storyteller
  • South Devon fever ships talk
  • Dartmouth Mayflower model film
  • Maritime Poetry

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

Gerald and me with pot

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.



The International Guild of Knot Tyers

Gordon Teenan

Do you know your Prusik from your bowline?

Rope making with Mark Richmond
Rope making with Mark Richmond
Rope making with Mark Richmond

Rope Making Machine

Mark Richmond

Watch rope being produced before your very eyes!


Johanna Lucretia tall ship

Owned and sailed by the Island trust.

Moored in Teignmouth all over the festival weekend.

atlantic-salmon Tiny Png

MCS Marine Conservation Society

Jules Agate

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

Ghost Ships of the Dart Tiny Png

Mayfly fever ship and other wrecks

Grant Bettinson

Knackered boats and where to find them?

Rebecca Blake Tiny Png


Rebecca Drake

Hull Maritime Poet-in-Residence

RTRC Tiny Png

River Teign Rowing Club

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

Scrimshaw Tiny Png


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.

Seaweed 2 Tiny Png
Seaweed 1 Tiny Png
Seaweed 3 Tiny Png


Ebb Tides Seaweeds

Tony Coulson

Tasting and smelling will bring the talk alive!

Shaldon School Tiny PNG

Shaldon School

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

Maritma Wood Carver Andy Peters - Cropped
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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.



River Teign Shellfish

Barry Sessions

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



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.

Ronald Howell Tiny Png
Ghost Ships of the Dart Tiny Png


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’

Eilleen Tiny Png

Teignmouth tales of pirates and smugglers

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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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.

Captain Ian Kirkwood - Mayflower model
Captain Ian Kirkwood - Mayflower model
Captain Ian Kirkwood - Mayflower model
Captain Ian Kirkwood - Mayflower model

Mayflower model

Captain Ian Kirkwood

A talk and film show by Captain Ian Kirkwood, builder of the 10’ Mayflower model which is now housed at Dartmouth Museum.”