Petra The Shipwright and the ‘Cornelia Anna’

Petra Potasse is a talented shipwright…a rare female in a male world.  She lives on her beloved 118-year old Dutch barge, the ‘Cornelia Anna’, and she sails to where the work is.  Since she came over from the Netherlands 13 years ago, leaving a career as an English and Arts and Crafts teacher behind,  she has worked on several projects up and down the East Anglian coast as lead shipwright and as teacher and trainer, with the Mayflower Project, to a younger generation of boatbuilders.   For the last three years she has worked with Richard and Steve Wyatt at Bedwells Boatyard  in Walton-on-the-Naze.