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Doris LO 284
A Harwich bawley built in 1909 by John Cann - the genius of bawleys and barges.
photos by Denis Johnson and others unknown
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With jib tops'l set in 1984
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On her mooring
 
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Built on spec in 1909 and purchased by a Leigh on Sea publican, Mr Choppin. A Cann bawley with all the hallmarks of the Cann shape. Absolutely gorgeous in the water and just as beautiful out of it. Her bottom being shaped like a wine glass. Her early years were spent fishing and racing in and around Leigh. She was skippered by Bill Lucking. Doris, apparently, received her name from the owner's favourite daughter. There were seven daughter's and one son; whom ran away to sea, aged 18, when his father refused to sell him Doris. He only returned to this country at the onset on the second world war. Doris' ownership then becomes a little uncertain to us but 70 years later we had the privilege to meet the "runaway" son who vividly recounted Doris early years at length.
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Doris, the beauty who gave her name to a bawley.

Doris is one of the largest bawley's being 40 feet in length, 14 feet beam and draws 5'-6". She has been selected by the National Historic Ships Commission for the designated list for her outstanding local interest. She is oak framed, with an iroko keel, her first 3 planks are elm, the rest being pine, her whaling is oak. Her mainmast and topmast are Douglas Fir. Her sails are flax and the decks are laid iroko. Doris is kept very traditional; her two main concessions to modern life are an inboard engine (fitted only last year) and fibreglass tender. This sense of tradition is not due to the owner having a feel for purism but simply that we think she is beautiful as she is. Marion Johnson 18th. April 2001
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* NEW * Lines of Doris taken off by Ted Penny are here and can be downloaded with a right click. Thanks to Ted, they are the only lines of a bawley on the web so please give Ted the credit if used.
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18 - April - 2001 Roger Walker - Colne Smack Preservation Society