Ships and Sailors of Braunton, by S. Rogers
Booklet published by the Braunton & District Museum in 1997, 10 pages. A5 size booklet (N6094X2)
In this short booklet the author provides a fascinating (albeit brief) account of shipping and maritime trade operating out of the North Devon village of Braunton. Taking the form of snippets of information, coupled with his own memories, the booklet thus offers an excellent insight into the history of the village and its people many decades ago.
From the foreword: The Museum..... has agreed to reproduce this booklet exactly as written by the late Stanley Rogers. There have been no corrections or additions, even the original spelling of Vellator having been adhered to!
Stan Rogers was born in 1896. His father, Captain William Rogers lived in South Street and owned the ketch "Acacia" which plied mainly the Bristol Channel. Stanley was educated at the Board School which he left at the age of fourteen to go to work initially for W.H.Smith's, the booksellers, in Barnstaple. During the summer months he occasionally accompanied his father aboard the "Acacia" and soon picked up the ways of the sea. Within two years he was a well-experienced and had become a full member of the crew.
Stan's father was a very strict disiplinarian for tidiness. As the youngest member of the crew of the crew Stan was responsible for cooking, his monthly wage after twelve months being the equivalent of 50p (10/-). Father and son worked happily together for over twenty years but tragedy struck when Mr Rogers senior was crushed to death in an accident at the Pill in 1934. So upset was his mother that she persuaded Stanley to give up the sea altogether for a life on the land. His brother Harold had spent his entire life earning a living at sea but by this time however the shipping trade was going into recession and many famous Braunton boats such as the "Elsie", "Jane & Sarah" and "Mary" were being broken up or buried by their owners.
The condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side.