Bristol Skiff Launched by All-Aboard

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The first of two ‘Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion’ St Ayles Skiffs was launched on the evening of the 3 September at Baltic Wharf, Bristol. The boat is named after Edward Colston, ship owner in the 17th century. A prayer was said by the vicar of St Mary Redcliffe Cathedral and the boat christened with water from a Bristol Blue Carafe. A group of young girls rowed the boat up the docks to the delight of the assembled well wishers. The boat is the culmination of a years work by members of All-Aboard Watersports / Rocking the Boat charity.

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  1. #1 by jacksheppard on 7 September 2014 - 5:27 pm

    No awareness that Edward Colston was a slave trader.

  2. #2 by Roger Griffith on 8 September 2014 - 9:58 am

    wow. you’ve launched a project venerating the name of a slave trader in a city full of multi-cultarilsim and strong views about slavery. Do your research or at least talk to the cities 16% Black and Minority Ethnic population. Unbelievable.

  3. #3 by Marti Burgess on 8 September 2014 - 10:05 am

    This is so offensive. To name something after Edward Colston in 2014. It really does show that some people in Bristol really do not understand that it is not acceptable to celebrate or venerate Colston. He was a slaver not a simple ship owner.

  4. #4 by digger on 18 December 2014 - 10:27 am

    All relevant points. But let us not forget that there are many Bristol places and institutions bearing this name, perhaps most notably the Colston Schools. Bristol’s rich (and yes, sometimes dark?) History has lead to many things. I understand funding for this project has come from an Institution bearing the name and so the boat has been named for the sponsors, accordingly. Without whom such a commendable resource would not have been provided. Thank you to all those involved.

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