Clovelly fishing smack, 'The Teazer off Portledge Cliffs.'
A limited edition giclee print of 495. 22 x 14.5 inches approximately
“Teazer” is beating into wind off the Portledge cliffs, she will soon cast her trawl over the side and run down wind in the sparkling waters of Bideford Bay. She was a sailing trawler from Clovelly which was renowned for its herring fishery. Her main headsail is white canvas and therefore relatively new. After a while to waterproof and delay wear and mould fishermen would tan them by boiling or soaking them in tannin from oak trees, fish oil and linseed oil. There is a former tanning house on the beach at Clovelly.
The cliffs behind are the Portledge cliffs and unusually for this area of the coast they are red. This was displayed spectacularly one evening when I was training with the Clovelly lifeboat in a beautiful flat calm as the sun was setting. The setting sun caught the red cliffs in a vibrant show of colour which was reflected off the surface of the sea. There is a secluded beach at the foot of the cliffs where small fishing boats used to be launched into the Bay.