And now we hear of another loss. Joe Brannigan, the Chairman of the East Coast Sail Trust, died on Thursday night, 31 January 2013. Peter Phillips says he will be sorely missed by the ECST.
Hugh Perks tells us that Joe had developed cancer, and was not looking well when he saw him just before Christmas.
As Hugh says, Joe will be remembered for the superb effort of getting sb Thalatta rebuilt. In recognition of that, SSBR awarded him our Colindell Trophy in May 2012.
Here’s Joe receiving the Trophy at the 2012 Annual General Meeting.
We send our deepest sympathy to Joe’s family.
We have now been advised of the details of Joe’s funeral. It will be on Friday 15 February, at 11.00am, at English Martyrs’ Catholic Church, 65 Maldon Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4QL.
No flowers, but donations, if wished, to East Coast Sail Trust Ltd.
The description says that the wooden spritsail Thames Sailing barge is for sale. She has steel masts and wooden topmast. At 27 metres in length, she is one of the largest in terms of volume. Lady Jean is a National Historic Ship and a sister ship to Lady Daphne. They were built in 1926 by Short Brothers of Rochester for Bradley of Rochester and named after his daughters. Although for part of her life she was called Sir Alan Herbert.
Previously used as a schoolship by the East Coast Sail Trust, she later became an artist’s studio and home. She has since undergone major restoration work including opening up the whole hold area to give a large living space, but there is still work to do.
The advertisement can be seen here.