I spent a couple of days at Sheerness a while back and had a great session on board Svitzer Victory with Captain Steven Goodyear and Chief Engineer Shawn Scutts. These are singular vessels with only one function and everything is geared to performing that function. At 34m LOA it is not a very large boat but it’s with it’s two 4894bhp engines it is certainly up to the job. The view from the command station is just that – commanding – with pretty much every part of the boat visible and most of the controls, it seemed to me, were to do with power management.
Steven Goodyear though, was a quiet unassuming guy who oozed calm and confidence, just the kind of guy you would hope and expect to be in charge of a very powerful machine!
SeaPeople Project, Steve Goodyear, Svitzer Victory, Sheerness, Port of London
SeaPeople Project, Shawn Scutts, Svitzer Victory, Sheerness, Port of London
Another one from the SeaPeople project:
Alan Stanley has been building wooden boats all his life and is something of an institution at Chambers Wharf, where his workshop is located on the banks of Oare Creek. His workshop is a wonderful hands-on environment where people really get to grips with their material. Not a iPhone, computer, gigabyte, pixel or router in sight, just lots of tools and wood dust and some fantastic looking boats. (And that marvellous smell of freshly cut timber!)
Quite early on in the SeaPeople Project, I visited the RNLI base at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey where I photographed a number of the volunteers. They are a great bunch of guys and I had a fantastic time shooting them. They also treated me to a very speedy spin in their Trent Class lifeboat, which was somewhat quicker than the little 8m yacht I sailed at the time. (See their site for more info: http://www.sheernesslifeboats.org.uk/lifeboats.htm)
The first portrait is Stuart Smith, a crew member aboard “George and Ivy Swanson”
Stuart Smith, RNLI Sheerness
Next up is Andy Mathews who is crew and mechanic:
Andy Mathews, RNLI Sheerness
and Deputy Second Cox, Paul Sands:
Paul Sands – RNLI Sheerness
and finally to finish off, a group shot done whilst blasting around on the Medway!