Three Brothers is seen here in 2006 sailing just outside Bridlington harbour. photo: Mike Wilson
Three Brothers is an historic sailing coble. She was built in Bridlington in 1912, by Baker and Percy Siddall, at a cost of
£75, for Robert Crawford (one of the many Crawfords in the town). For many years she was a fishing coble as well as a pleasure vessel during the summer. She is fitted out as a
traditional East Coast sailing coble. As far as we know, this is the only original fishing coble still sailing, and under sail only.
The coble is an ancient form of boat, most probably brought to the North East coast by the Angles from Germany and the
Danes who settled and fished from the Humber northwards
Originally this type of craft could be sailed with one man and a boy, and fished commercially off the Yorkshire east coast
during the winter in the North Sea. For safety reasons the typical boat, importantly used for the tourist trade (day trips and line fishing) in the summer, was fitted with weather
boards on both gunwhales, as shown on the current fitting out of Three Brothers. She is seen above outside Bridlington harbour, her home port, where she is now permanently moored.