Anthony, from West Mersea, currently on the Deben – sorry I stole your spanner

I am full of remorse.


This evening i went for my hours row downstream with the tide and when it ws time to come home I started the engine. Well I ppulled the chord and it came away in my hand. So I rowed on towards Ramsholt. the first boat that had people on board I rowed over and aksed if I couldĀ  borrow a spanner to remove the recoil starter.

The man said his name was Anthony, He has a lovely white carvel (I thing) wooden yacht. Maybe 30 feet long. Lovely stern.

After removing the recoil and starting the outboard he cast me off and I heded back to waldingfield. When I got to the hard I felt something hard in my pocket. Anthony's liottle spanner.

If anyone knows anthony....

[email protected]


This is about Dylan Winter's Blog, Sailing around Britain.

17 Responses to “Anthony, from West Mersea, currently on the Deben – sorry I stole your spanner”

  1. 27 June, 2017 at 9:00 pmnigel simms says:

    What a thing to do pinching a mans tools public flogging offence
    or a crawling apologies along with a decent red when you return it
    hows the fund going or is the weather in queen Nic land still putting you off

  2. 28 June, 2017 at 12:15 pmSteve says:

    ..spanner in carrier bag with bottle(s) and left in cockpit next time you go past… dun thing… and if he invites you to drink it/them, even better..

  3. 28 June, 2017 at 3:29 pmdylan winter says:

    he has now left the river

    so all I know is anthony, white classic boat, west mersea based, lives in berkhampstead. I contacted the tidal mill where he satyed on monday but they do not have his contact details.


  4. 28 June, 2017 at 10:20 pmkeith lewis says:

    No, no, you did not steal it D, you just forgot to give it back, It’s just not the same thing!

    I predict you should be able to sleep tonight.


  5. 29 June, 2017 at 1:07 amSimon leslie ellis says:

    Get your self a robust British Seagull Dylan. You wouldn’t be PULLING this sort of thing again!

  6. 29 June, 2017 at 1:25 pmpeter c says:

    Simon, back in the indusrial age again, my old uncle Bill would not hear of it, “row harder ya booger” instead of swearing at the Seagull.

  7. 29 June, 2017 at 8:43 pmnigel stokes says:

    Why not post your heartfelt confession to the East Coast Forum (to be found at – Forum – East Coast Forum), in the hope that someone in that neck of the woods, might know the aforementioned ‘Dave’ and/or his boat and can then maybe help to reunite him with his missing spanner?

    Just a thought…

  8. 29 June, 2017 at 8:44 pmnigel stokes says:

    Sorry…. should have read Anthony…. not Dave

    Must do better next time…

  9. 30 June, 2017 at 2:44 amEd says:

    And, the spanner’s owner could have easily tracked you down by following the oil sheen left by the Seagull..

    – Ed (reformed British Seagull owner)

  10. 30 June, 2017 at 7:58 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    It’s an oversight that you immediately recognized and wish to correct — not a deliberate act — so sleep well and let the riverine grapevine get the message out. Good karma is rewarded by good karma in-return.

    Actually, it probably the wrench’s fault entirely for wanting to stow-away in your pocket and visit your toolbox with the full-intent of some illicit congress with one of your screwdrivers. Naughty creature… It’s like the cat who leaps inside the plumber’s truck.

  11. 30 June, 2017 at 9:40 pmsimon leslie ellis says:

    Nice on peter c, but did uncle Bill read thoroughly his British Seagull Owner’s manual. It’s the best written and most authoritative owners manual even written! Did he ‘Close choke shutter’? did he ‘Depress the fooding button on the carburettor to overflow the fuel … thus checking the supply’ (page 12)? When warm or luke-warm (risk of too rich mixture), did he follow the simple instructions on page 13 of the great text? And most important, did he “ALWAYS SECURE YOUR ENGINE with a LANYARD”?

    Mmmmm. The swearing at the Seagull is the give way!

  12. 1 July, 2017 at 4:29 pmDave Barker says:

    It’s against my better judgement and I’m not sure that being anthropomorphic about spanners is a worthwhile trait but ………………. if it was an adjustable spanner then it will soon get used to the idea of mixing-it with tools of a different bag….not sure about illicit congress… is this an oblique reference to Donald Trump? The cat, though………. sorry, just don’t get it. Is the same as the owl who jumped into a boat? There was a cat in that one and we’d back on subject as well. Apologies if you are all at sea over this one.

  13. 3 July, 2017 at 11:02 amTed Timberlake says:

    As it is quite unusual for Dylan not to have chipped in with a comment or two for some time now, could it be that he has set sail for West Mersea to track down Anthony and return his spanner to him personally?

  14. 4 July, 2017 at 11:08 pmTim says:

    But got waylaid by a bikini laden sailing barge.and asked if they have seen this tool before…?

    (Shows Anthony’s spanner)……..

  15. 6 July, 2017 at 1:10 pmWarren says:

    Tim, agreed a little odd I do hope he is ok. I have not seen any activity anywhere from him including email for quite a few days
    Cheers Warren

  16. 6 July, 2017 at 2:24 pmTed Timberlake says:

    Maybe he is testing us all by withholding the connectivity and see us sweat, or maybe he is just taking a break… in Scotland?

  17. 10 July, 2017 at 9:59 pmBryanD says:

    Aha, just got word that our intrepid explorer has been celebrating a splendid family occasion which apparently involved consumption of Cornish contraband, found only in smugglers caves of a bygone age

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