|The locals are friendly|
The picture on the right is of the of the oldest boat in the harbour. She is Bertha, a steam dredger designed by I K Brunel and built in 1844 which probably makes her the world's oldest surviving steam powered vessel. Built to keep the port of Bridgewater in Somerset navigable she did not lift the mud from the bed but just moved it with a plough out of the harbour into the river Parrett where the ebb tide would carry it out to sea.
Bertha has no propeller or paddles - she moved herself under steam power by winching along a rope or chain attached to shore bollards. We were fascinated to see this ancient reminder of one of the world's most famous engineers. Bertha deserves to be better known and to be conserved and exhibited under cover where it can be better appreciated.
In the afternoon we had tea with Chris and Martin who we last saw in Tobermoray and discussed the ports and harbours of the north east English coast.