Yesterday’s post was about the regular maintenance of the Duck yacht. Today’s document from 1690, is the agreement between John Freame, shipwright of Wapping, and Thomas Bowrey, described as a mariner from Wapping, for the building of the Duck.
She was to be twenty-nine feet long and have a breadth of nine feet. The agreement sets out the specification in some detail. She would be finished in two months and cost £65 (a little over £10,000 today).
One of the witnesses to the agreement gave his address as Wapping Dock and it was possibly that the yacht was built there. This was a short way down river from Wapping New Stairs where Bowrey’s grandfather probably had his ship yard when Bowrey was a child and about a mile from where Bowrey was now living.
During the two months it took to build the Duck did Bowrey wander down to the river to watch her progress?