Justin Ruthven-Tyers

writer and artist for people who love boats and the sea..

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Irish Harbour

Irish Harbour

This detail is from a black and white photograph taken on the west coast of Ireland in the early 1900’s showing Galway Hookers being unloaded by horse and cart. What catches the eye here, with this tough little patched-up rowing skiff, is that it gives a sense of the hard life boats had in their world of salt water, stone quays, and back breaking work. My mind sails out of the harbour in the little boat, to the freedom and space of the bay beyond; fishes there; and returns gratefully to the mirror-calm water at nightfall. 

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