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 also had full time jobs in the offshore industry which slowed our progress on Waterdog. We set sail from the Humber to Dunkerque in July 2008 to carry on the adventure in France. We cruised the waterways of Northern France and Belgium for 9 years until things became more difficult in the oil & Gas industry, this made cruising more difficult due to working trips becoming less regular and more unpredictable in length.
In September 2016 we crossed the North Sea in Waterdog for a second time from Nieuwpoort, Belgium to Woodbridge in Suffolk. Our new English speaking neighbours have become good friends and we are enjoying dinghy sailing and kayaking on the tidal Deben, plus all things British.
We have joined the local sailing club and can take out the club sailing dinghies, the local pubs are also 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, the trip along the coast to Essex for dry dock is under 2017 and in 2020 we are finishing our new galley and have some small cruises on our own river Deben.
In the winter 2019/2020 we got on with making the new galley in the aft area that has been our workshop for 10 years. Having opened up the whole boat we noticed we used more heating fuel, but we love the open plan feel of 9m x 4.5m main saloon.
We have always lived in less than 60% of Waterdog as we worked on fitting out, when we complete the new galley we’ll be using nearly 90% of her, hooray! :-
Select a web page by year or by Waterway in the main menu above, or just check out the pictures and videos under galleries.