Oil Painting of fishing boat being launched at Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Detail from "Morning Launch", Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Oil. Alistair Butt © 2013 -
#AB 021346

My first visit to Aldeburgh was back in 1984. Back then there were more of these wooden fishing boats on the beach, sadly the numbers have declined with the passing of time but a number of boats (old and new) still supply the fish huts that line the beach road.

This fisherman was single-handed launching this boat... the rope that can be seen going out from both the bow and stern passes a winch motor (the yellow circle) which slowly moved the boat into the sea - this allowed me the time (as always longer would have helped) I needed. The fisherman mean while was collecting the plastic runners (used to be wood) that the boat slides one. The beach is mostly shingle but at low tide more sand is exposed.