pre-1930 stand up paddling

stand-up paddling back in the old days.

pre-1930 if the notes on Flickr are to be believed.

using 2 missile-looking things instead of a SUP board.

and an extremely long paddle.

wearing your best blouse and long skirt.

this is SUP long before it was the hip cool thing to do.

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16 Responses to “pre-1930 stand up paddling”


  1. 1 Baydog January 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Is that not a bra she’s standing in?

  2. 3 Tillerman January 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Petty Officer Wren Beatrice Postlethwaite of the Women’s Royal Naval Service demonstrates the Admiralty’s secret EFB (Explosive Floating Bra) weapon to King George and Queen Mary at a naval review in 1918.

  3. 6 Joe Rousé January 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Oh, pontoons. It looks like the Admiralty stole the idea from Chinese fisherman on the Li River. Good show!

  4. 7 Tillerman January 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Right on my2fish. The Minister of Munitions at the time was a very clever chap who, earlier in World War 1, had been involved in the development of the tank. I wondered what happened to him. Had some weird name like WInston, I think.

  5. 8 o docker January 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Tillerman’s got the year right, 1918, but this was taken at the launch of HMS Hood. Petty Officer Postlethwaite (curious that her first name was Wren) is demonstrating the Royal Navy’s experiment with waterskiing behind British capital ships as a new means of rapid deployment. The Munitions Minister was so impressed, he would later go to work for the Admiralty.

    • 9 my2fish January 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      wait, so let me get this straight. she has to one-hand hold the tow rope while water-skiing, while also carrying that GIANT paddle with her other hand?

      no wonder they scrapped the program. poor Ms Postlethwaite.

  6. 10 o docker January 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I think they’d loop the rope around the paddle, tow in to the nearest breaking set, and surf into the beach. It wasn’t until 1940 that the Munitions Minister would recall the technique.

    If you’re going to “fight them on the beaches”, you have to get there first.

  7. 11 Baydog January 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    And I struggled whether to comment or not……

  8. 12 Tillerman January 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Haven’t you people ever seen the movie Cockleshell Heroines?

  9. 13 o docker January 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I knew of that WWII raid, but never saw the movie. It’s an incredible story.

    What I also never knew was that the raid was led by Blondie Hasler, who after the war went on to become a legendary single-handed sailor. I first learned of Hasler through Eric Hiscock’s sailing books, but didn’t know he’d been a war hero before that.

  10. 14 my2fish January 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I can honestly say I have never had to consult The Google or Wikipedia as much as I have after reading some of these comments.

  11. 15 Tillerman January 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I can honestly say that I never knew that O Docker never knew so much. How does he do ti?


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