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Three Brothers sailing

Three Brothers is seen here in 2006 sailing just outside Bridlington harbour. photo: Mike Wilson

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Three Brothers is an historic sailing coble. She was built in Bridlington in 1912, by Baker and Percy Siddall, at a cost of 75, for Robert Crawford (one of the many Crawfords in the town). For many years she was a fishing coble as well as a pleasure vessel during the summer. She is  fitted out as a traditional East Coast sailing coble. As far as we know, this is the only original fishing coble still sailing, and under sail only.

The coble is an ancient form of boat, most probably brought to the North East coast by the Angles from Germany and the Danes who settled and fished from the Humber northwards

Originally this type of craft could be sailed with one man and a boy, and fished commercially off the Yorkshire east coast during the winter in the North Sea. For safety reasons the typical boat, importantly used for the tourist trade (day trips and line fishing) in the summer, was fitted with weather boards on both gunwhales, as shown on the current fitting out of Three Brothers. She is seen above outside Bridlington harbour, her home port, where she is now permanently moored.

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Three Brothers is leased to the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society by the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners.

The Society is responsible for the coble's maintenance and provides skipper & crew whenever she sails

Three Brothers in days gone by


Three Brothers as she was probably in the early 1920s with day trippers onboard during the summer  season.

Restoration - back in the water

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