Blessing the boats

A moment of peace as the boats, (not the fish as shown in the picture), are blessed in an ancient ceremony - now discontinued.

In the picture, first & second boats (Tommy Swaffield's) - 3rdboat ("Simmy" [William] Hutchings)

Man with grey hair (centre) Mr Inkpen from Cogden

The Parson could be Mr Wheeler

Photo Source: Bridport Museum

Detail by Keith Alner