Old ships bring colour to the Waterfront

GALLERY Historic Old Gaffers sailed up the Orwell and moored in Ipswich Marina this weekend as part of an annual regatta.

HISTORIC Old Gaffers sailed up the Orwell and moored in Ipswich Marina this weekend as part of an annual regatta.

The sailing vessels with square sails similar to those on a Thames Barge are members of the East Coast Region Old Gaffers Association who held their annual regatta in Ipswich.

The boats, some dating from the 1800s range in size from just 10 foot to 60 foot in length, arrived throughout Saturday, mooring in the Haven Marina.

The Old Gaffers Association was founded in 1963 to protect these important heritage craft.

Coinciding with the arrival of the vessels a “Waterfront Wander” guided walk was led by Ipswich Blue Badge Tourist Guides, starting at the Tourist Information Centre, St Stephens Church and finishing on the Waterfront.