illustrations by John Harman - describing equipment,
Harman's article on... Company
Men and Flatsmen... and the work of the oyster dredger.
(Discusses the different
work of company and flatsmen, the stores, 'day fishing', the
tenders, use of tides and more)
Over the years, our Visitors Book and Chat Columns have
collected many snippets and anecdotes about the Whitstable Oyster
We thought it would be a good idea to preserve these
memories for future generations by dedicating a special section to
them. It was not our intention to produce a history of the oyster
industry but merely to provide a space for anecdotes and recollections..
Having mapped out our aims, we quickly enlisted the help
of John Harman who has now provided a range of extra articles
and hand drawn illustrations that
provide a fascinating insight into the work of the oyster dredger.
So here we have it.... BUT, if anyone can add to the
collection, please feel free to contribute by emailing us at....
& Impact on Boat Construction
the Whitstable boats were moored and why that affected design
The Simply Whitstable Web
Beds and Channels
Some of the fascinating ways in which beds
were marked... and protected!
Stories yawls -
collected in our Visitors Book. (Discusses boats of the companies
& flatsmen including Rosa and Ada, Favourite, Apple Dumplin', Welcome Messenger and Sidney Brown
remarkable story of the yawl Emeline and how she was spotted
down on her luck in Spain. Story with thanks to Ray & Olive
Harman and Jessie Cole