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Friday Fictioneers – Boatbuilders

11 September, 2015

It’s a bit of a rush here at Reclining Towers this week – I’m off work and getting loads of stuff done including zipping off to London twice. But fear not, gentle reader, I still found time to ingest the prompt pic that Rochelle sent this week:

jp3taken by Jennifer Prendergast.

Here is where you will find everyone else’s 100 words. And mine are just a little further down the page…


Erik has been the Boatbuilder in the village for thirty seven years. For ten years before, he learnt the craft from his father, who learnt from his. And in keeping with family tradition, when the son was ready, was expert enough, to replace his father, the tools and the title of Boatbuilder were passed down.

Erik checks the line and smoothness of the hull one last time. “My final boat is finished,” he says, just as his predecessors did, “and ready for my final voyage.” His two hundred and twelfth craft is built.

He hands the tools to his son.


  1. Nice story. One of these days it would be nice to read that the tools were handed down to the daughter 🙂

  2. I see a burning ship of a viking grave here at the end.

  3. What a gorgeous heritage to pass on, and such an ominous end note at the same time. Captured the feelings perfectly.

  4. Wonderful story of a retiring boat builder!

  5. I was thinking vikings, too. Great story.

  6. I love that final line.

  7. That’s a sad ending! I didn’t expect that kind of finish to his career. Well told.

  8. Enjoyable read. Very thought provoking.

  9. Lovely story, RG. It seems to be a practice that’s sadly dying out many places. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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