Thursday, 1 March 2012

Charles Henry Ashley............................................... the Cemaes Bay Lifeboat

Some more "re-found" images... this time it's 2009.
I had a few days holiday on the lovely island of Anglesey in North Wales that summer.

 Cemaes Bay Harbour

The old lifeboat in the harbour is the restored Charles Henry Ashley.
It was originally "on station" here between 1907 and 1932.

Retired in 1932 the craft was in storage until 1960 when it was fitted with a diesel engine and used for pleasure trips. Removed from the sea it then became an attraction at a holiday park.

Obtained by the Amlwch Heritage Trust in 1997. 
Funds were raised over the next few years and in 2006 the renovation commenced.
Completed in 2008 the lifeboat returned to Cemaes Bay in May 2009.
My visit was in the first week of July that year and this wonderful old lifeboat fully restored was a delight to discover... 
It was interesting to read that while on service between 1907- 1932 it was only called out seven times.

Cemaes Bay is a beautiful place to visit stay... and home to the most northerly pub on the island.
Just a few miles along the coast is Cemlyn Bay home to the wonderful tern colony I have shared before.

All these images were taken with my little point and shoot and these last two less than a hundred yards from the harbour wall... It's a lovey quiet place to visit... don't tell anyone I want to keep it that way.

20 comments:

Gary said...

Beautiful craftsmanship in that lifeboat. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

holdingmoments said...

A treasure of a place Andrew.

TexWisGirl said...

were those boats temporarily dry-docked, or is that how they are stored when not in use there?

Dianne said...

Wonderfully restored and back in its place .... It's a beautiful looking craft.

joo said...

What a lovely place to stay! I love these boats!!!!

Mama Zen said...

What a gorgeous boat!

heyBJK said...

Those are some beautiful boats! Great colors on the restored life boat. The bay is gorgeous!

Carletta said...

I'm asking myself the same questions Tex is asking you. I love how the boats with their lovely colors dot the landscape.
The last two shots are very tranquil ones. I don't blame you for wanting to keep it secret. :)

Sylvia K said...

What a delightful, beautiful and interesting place to be able to spend some time! I love the boats! All of that and lovely skies as well! Definitely keep it a secret, Andrew! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant seascape photography.

Carole M. said...

just delightful Andrew; beautiful scenes you captured and our point and shoots come in very handy don't they? The harbour/boat scenes make me think of series of a leading restaurant owner shows around Cornwall.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

I love these beautiful bright boats -- a gorgeous harbor!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Rather than dry docked, is this just when the tide is out and they all will be floating again at high tide? The bay looks flat and shallow enough for this to happen it seems.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Sounds and looks like a great place to be if one is looking for a little peace and quiet.

Fábio Martins said...

Where is the water near the boats?

Light and Voices said...

Unusual boat storage till ????
I am fascinated by all the colored boats.
Joyce M

Gillian Olson said...

The boats look funny sitting on their keels when the tide is out. What a beautiful setting though.

Liz said...

Looks like a beautiful spot Andrew!

Pantherka said...

Beautiful color photos and great vessels.