A month or so ago, I posted about the Suffolk 60 and how I’d like to try it. I said I thought I could persuade the Lawyer (who is between courses just now) to join me. And the Textiliste has kindly agreed to act as driver to take us to the start of each day and collect the bits left over at the end of same.
And so it came to pass…
We start on Tuesday in Lowestoft. If all goes according to plan we will finish at Felixstowe on Thursday.
I thought I’d try and pick put the highlights as we go and share them with you. I may not make it but I will try. In advance I asked the Archaeologist for any interesting titbits that came to mind when I mentioned the start and finish towns. This is what he said:
Felixstowe has of course taken over the trade that formerly went to Ipswich. The medieval seal of Ipswich contains one of the first, if not the first, representations of a
stern rudder, a rudder attached to the stern of the ship. Before that ships had steering oars, or side rudders, attached to the side of the vessel. As most people are right
handed the steering oar would be attached to the right hand side of the vessel, On order to dock a ship the master would naturally bring the left hand side of the vessel
against the quay, hence left is port, and right is starboard – from steering board.
I doubt my posts will be as informed but, hey, we do our best.