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, the new mooring is a whole new experience with a beautiful estuary and the boat drying out on the mud twice a day with the tides. Our new English speaking neighbours have become good friends, hopefully for years to come.
We have joined the local sailing club and can take out the club Wayfarer dinghies and the local pubs are vibrant and have open mike nights where we can listen to and join in with new local artists.
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.
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 was also our summer cruise with friends and our only ‘holiday’. Here are some pictures and a video clip of the 3 day trip along the Suffolk coast, into Essex and up the river to Blackwater Marina dry dock.
Select a web page by year or by Waterway in the main menu above, or follow Wexit for our crossing back to the UK in 2016.