WATERDOG c. 1876
89' x 15'11" (27m x 4.85m) Humber Trading Barge
The black and white photo above is from Waterdog's trading days on the Humber, Trent and Aire and Calder. She is pictured near Pollington Lock in the 1950s or 1960s.
Lorna saved Waterdog from the scrap yard in 1996 and then Lawrence joined her in 1997 and they worked together on the barge from 1997 till 2008 to make her ready for crossing the North Sea and cruising Europe. We set sail from the Humber to Dunkerque in July 2008 to carry on the adventure in France. Everyone needs a dream and we started ours even though Waterdog was not, and still isn't, finished. From 2015 we couldn’t cruise very much due to the difficulties of the Oil & Gas industry effecting Lawrence’s job, so we started searching for a UK mooring. We struck lucky and were offered a mooring in Woodbridge, Suffolk, up the river Deben, all we had to do then was get there.
In September 2016 Waterdog crossed the North Sea from Nieuwpoort, Belgium to Woodbridge in Suffolk, after a year back in the UK we are still revelling in all things British and getting involved in local events. Our new English speaking neighbours have become good friends and we are enjoying the small boating scene on the tidal Deben.
We have joined the local sailing club and can take out the club sailing dinghies and the local pubs are vibrant with local music and a great range of British beers.
Check out the links above by year and the links within each year, or just look through the photos in the Galleries tab. The latest North Sea crossing is under 2016 and 2017 has storm surges and our trip to dry dock and back.
Waterdog needed to dry dock in 2017 to replace the fresh water anodes which had fizzed away since coming to a salt water environment. Our trip along the coast to dry dock and back was also our summer cruise with friends and our only ‘holiday’. Here are some pictures and videos of the trip along the Suffolk coast, into Essex, up the river to Blackwater Marina dry dock and then back a month later.
Select a web page by year or by Waterway in the main menu above, or just check out the pictures and videos under galleries.