Walking down to the Marina in Ramsgate, you see a beautiful old brick building which has the inscription “The Ramsgate Home for Smack Boys Founded 1881”.
It peaked my interest when I came across it last summer. The next morning, as I was walking back from the sea wall after seeing the sailors off to their race, I went in to the church on the end of the row where there was also a small local art exhibition.
The group of buildings at the end of the dock was a place where sailors, “smack boys”, could spend their days and find refuge after years at sea.
Sailors and Smack Boys and Dunkirk…you get such a strong sense of the British sea culture in Ramsgate everywhere you turn.