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Boat Building

The construction of "Gratitude" RX130 Beach Boat Constructed by Richardsons Boat Yard, characters identified in photo, Harry Phillips, Herbie (?) and Roy Gawn.
Picture Added on 19 May 2006.


This same photo appears on page 60 of "Adams' Rye Guide" dated 2003. The caption reads: Building Hastings Lugger "Our Pam & Paul, " RX58, c. 1956 Boat Builders from left to right ; H.S.Phillips, H.J.Phillips, H.D.Phillips, R.Knight and R.Gawn
Which is correct?

Added by Sue Bower on 20 August 2007.
My Dad (Stan Pepper) bought the "Gratitude" RX130 about 1960 from a Dungeness fisherman called Albert Richardson for £400.00.
It was renamed "Joan" after my Mum but still keeping the RX130.
It fished from Hastings beach until 1965 when my Dad sold it to a Rye fisherman.
I think the boatyard is Phillips' of Rye.
The Hastings fishing vessel "Our Pam & Peter" RX58 looks nothing like the boat in the photograph whereas it looks exactly like "Gratitude"
I'll post again if I find out more.

Added by Dave Pepper on 28 June 2008.
I think that's my Uncle Harry at the work bench on the left and my dad (Herbie Phillips)is either the one working at the front or the one leaning out of the boat. The other one of these two might be my uncle Derek (Phillips). Think Sid Elliot is the one at the back and don't know the other one. It's a shame my dad has only just been up to see me this weekend. Will ask Harry Kennard if he knows anything. The boat yard is called H.J.Phillips, Boat Builders.
Added by Jane Phillips on 31 August 2010.
Hi to all, I was the last apprentice at H J Phillips. My boss was Derek Phillips. I am after a copy of the country ways filming that was done at the boat yard, if anyone can help. Yes it's me Rod, and yes still working on boats mainly on the London Thames.
Added by ROD SCOTT on 04 June 2011.
Hi my Grandad was Harry Philips, that's him on the left at the work bench, working in his boat yard in Rock Channel Rye.
If anyone has any more photos of Philips boat yard or Harry and co, it would be great to receive them. Many thanks.

Added by Chris Headon on 16 February 2012.
The 'Gratitude' is laying on the mud opposite the William the Conqueror, Her name now is 'Our Jen' but still carries the RX 130 number. Before it was called Our Jen it was 'Ocean Swell'
Added by Richard Tollett on 13 March 2013.

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