Our Heritage Craft
Type: Oyster Yawl
Build location: Island Wall, Whitstable
Build date: 1907
Commissioned by: Ernest Stroud
Built by: Collar Brothers
The 'Gamecock', a Whitstable Oyster Yawl, is registered as a National Historic Vessel and is of importance because she has not been modified. She is of significant importance historically, socially and culturally. Many families in Whitstable and around the world have been associated with the Whitstable Oyster dredging industry and generations of the Stroud family have owned and worked the 'Gamecock'. She is an extraordinary Yawl with an iconic status that may be considered to represent Whitstable.
Whitstable Maritime Ltd is the keeper of the 'Gamecock' and every year expensive repairs are required to keep her maintained. This year we estimated around £2,500 will be needed to carry out essential repairs.Unfortunately the work required was significantly more than expected once the deck was off and so far the restoration for 2017 stands at £6,000.