The Coble and Keelboat Society

Latest News

Below you will find the latest news from the Society…

COVID-19 and The CKS

Following the current government guidance around the Covid-19 pandemic all CKS meetings and events are at present cancelled.
Furthermore events which the CKS were planning on attending are also potentially cancelled.

We ask that all members, friends and visitors to this site follow the government guidance, the guidance and more information can be found on the .gov website, you can visit it by clicking here, or see the main points below.

The current guidance:

Stay at home
▸ Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
▸ If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
▸ Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Do not meet others, even friends or family.

If we distance now, we can be together in the future!

Edgar Readman

The Coble and Keelboat Society are sorry to relate the passing of our president Edgar Readman. Edgar’s Memorial Service took place on Friday 13th March at Emmanuel Church in Saltburn.

Ian Robertson

Sadly we have to report the death of CKS member Ian Robertson. Ian who was well known in the northern area of the Society, passed away on the 7th March. For funeral details please use the contact page of this website.


A very warm welcome to the website of The Coble and Keelboat Society

Who are The Coble and Keelboat Society?

The Coble and Keelboat Society (CKS) has for 30 years been researching and preserving the history of the Coble Coast – from the River Tweed to the Humber. CKS members are fishermen, authors, poets, artists, model makers and maritime historians amongst others who have wide interest in the maritime heritage of the North East and Yorkshire Coast. Individual members own sailing and motor cobles and other working craft.

Trustees of the Coble and Keelboat Society are;

David William Sells (Chair)
Stuart Morland
Mick Smith
Colin Robson
David Kidd (Treasurer)
James Stoker (Membership Secretary)

Why Join The CKS?

Joining the CKS will;

Help support the safeguarding of the history of maritime, inshore craft and fishing tradition on the Northumberland, North East and Yorkshire Coast.

Give you access to 11 newsletters per year known as the ‘Coblegram’, this informative update newsletter contains information on society activities, updates on boats, historical articles and a diary of events.

Have two well produced printed journals per year, posted to your address. (these contain longer articles, photographs and artwork)

Allow you to attend regular meetings of the Tyne to Tweed Group of the society, usually held in Cullercoats.

Allow you to join society visits and trips to places of interest on the coble coast and further afield.

Give you access to an extensive archive to which you can also contribute to.

Give you an opportunity to attend our AGM which includes an informative talk by a speaker.

Give you a members discount on maritime history related publications, sold directly by the CKS, including society reprints of out of print items, such as The English Coble.

Membership of The Coble and Keelboat Society is by yearly subscription, the current annual rate is £15.