Galley Box 2

One of my regular correspondents - a sailor from Tasmania called John Hall - has sent me some great snaps of his galley box and also a few [pix and links to what has turned into a bit of dangerous picnic box fetish


That is bloody brilliant


Could not have put it better myself !


Tell me more about it


Best English wicker work, which has come up a treat with a bit of furniture polish.The dimensions are 345 wide 200 deep 255 high - in old money 131/2" by 8" by 10". It is amazingly compact. They were made by a posh company in Piccadilly for coach, train and the newly arrived motor car probably around 1910. Two fine china cups and sugar bowl, plates are rectangular in heavy white enamel as are the bicky boxes. Two steel knives and two EPS silver spoons. The tea kettle has a sprit lamp with fuel bottle and even a bundle of spare wicks. This setup must have been the grandfather of the Tranjia camp cooker !



Where did you get the pic


This one is in mint condition and will be my birthday and christmas present rolled into one when I launch SCAMP #15 - so I am a very lucky boy. Unfortunately not to be opened again until Christmas. We found it at the annual locale antique fair her in Launceston Tasmania. It had come out on a boat with somebody embarking at Tilbury dock - label was still attached.


The picture was my own so feel free to use it.  This one will only be used for special picnics on board I have been firmly told.  My intention is to start trying to make a modern version of the same after I launch SCAMP. I hope to keep the size about the same but use modern camp cooking gear, should keep me out of trouble for a while !


Here are a few pics of my current galley box - dimensions are 630 wide 370 deep 315 high - alas this is a bit to big for SCAMP but has served us well over a few years camping. Made from 6mm marine plywood and a bit of aluminium sheet to line out the cooker bay.


> What did you line the cooker compartment with and what is the

> fabric/carpet you used on the inside of the other compartments


Cooker compartment is lined with aluminium sheeting and the stuff that looks like carpet is actually the local version of Formica called Laminex. Laminex is not quite as bullet proof as the old style formica but a lot easier to cut and shape.




> How did you stick it on


Both the aluminium and the Laminex were stuck down with impact adhesive similar to Evostick.



Hope this helps





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4 Responses to “Galley Box 2”

  1. 15 June, 2012 at 7:15 pmClaire says:

    It looks interesting!


  2. 16 June, 2012 at 4:19 pm[email protected] says:

    For a little light reading on the history of the above visit O.K. now where was I before I got sidetracked?

  3. 21 June, 2012 at 6:54 pmMike says:

    I have always liked these. Sometimes this is known as a chuck box. See this:…0.0.Pmq4lN3wqEs

  4. 1 April, 2015 at 8:55 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    I love the pre-Depression picnic kits designed for upscale travel by rail or early automobile. Wicker and fitted luggage sets with all the trimmings — and once-used it’s handed-back to the “downstairs” for cleaning and restocking. Now it’s a paper-wrapped burger in a plastic sack…yetch!!

    I have a collection of travel/picnic sets of different sizes, and a few wonderful fully-fitted custom-built travel desks with folding lids that foldout, fitted compartments and carrying handles. One’s a military senior-officer’s field desk; all steel footlocker on the outside, and fine Mahogany cabinetry and green baize-lined compartments and fitted drawers on the insides.

    Depending on what boat I wind-up with, I’m figuring or removing part of the galley and nav-station and rebuilding a proper fitted portable work-station. I agree with your system of being able to take part of the kit back-n-forth, and a place for everything.

    Who designs the galley on these boats anyway? “Sleeps 6”, but you can’t feed 4 for a long Bank Holiday with a struggle. Even the Cornish Crabber 26 — which I adore and have a bad case of boat-lust for — has the most minimalist galley. Where do you store supplies, gear, or prepare anything? The icebox only fits 2 six-packs or beer.

    Ninety-five thousand quid, and you THIS for a galley?

    I’m increasingly in agreement that the ideal creek-n-coastal sailboat specification is “…drinks 6, feeds 4, sleeps 2, and can be safely sailed comfortably by one”.

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