Old and New – Ink/Watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine

This is a view of Newhaven Harbour on a cold February day. The sky suggests another storm approaching from the north above the Fife coast but all seems calm inside the sheltered area. The old fishing trawler, designated L.H.178, was built in the early 1020′s and this link gives some information about her.


Like most European boats, the method of registration gives some idea of their origin. In this case, LH means her home port is Leith which is just a mile or so to the east. Although the first and last letters are normally used this is not always the case – sometime three letters are needed when ports have similar spellings. The number is the position, in that port’s overall amount of vessels. I have another photograph, of this harbour, with a similar fishing trawler moored in roughly the same spot. Her registration is L.H. 175 but the photo was taken a few years earlier which suggests that the boats lasted a long time – if they survived the seas. The inflatable, moored next to the trawler, shows how designs have changed – the first “old and new” in this scene. The second are the pair of lighthouses on the pier. The older light, which was built in 1869 is next to the buildings on the right while its more “modern” replacement is at the end of the pier next to the harbour entrance. Both are registered as “historic buildings” and are well-known local landmarks although only the larger one functions these days.