Justin Ruthven-Tyers

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The Forefoot

This boat was, until recently, beached in the Percuil River, St Mawes, Cornwall, and is all that is left of an oyster dredger. A local fisherman in his fifties told me that it was there when he was a boy. Having been well-made from massive timbers it remained there on the beach, tied to a tree, largely intact fifty years after it had finished its working life. Even with its gunwhale cracked and sagging under its own weight, its spirit remained.

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