Margate in the past once had a thriving boat building industry which no longer exist. The last boat builder working from the the Harbour being George Hatcher in the 1970's . There was another long established boat repair business called Henniker and Spain who worked from their workshop until the 1980's at Fort Mount Margate.
George Hatcher's workshop today is a unit on the Harbour Arm and is easily recognisable by the brickwork as everytime he built a boat part of the wall on the outside had to be removed and then rebuilt in order to get the boat out. Henniker and Spain's workshop was destroyed by a fire a few years ago in Fort Mount while it was a car repair workshop.
In 1999 Frank Spain who sadly is no longer with us produced this very factual acticle with Mick Twyman on boat building at Margate for the Margate Historical Society it is for downloading so please add to your archive's.