Sheringham on the Norfolk Coast of England, is well known for its coast and history of fishing, especially for crabs, so it was no surprise to find this lovely weather vane featuring a ship. This type of ship was known as a 'Steam Drifter' steam being the propulsion used to power the ship. The small sail at the back, know as a 'mizzen sail' was used only to steady the ship when the fishing nets were out. The mast at the front was used as a crane for lifting the catch ashore. The nautical theme is completed with the fish shaped compass points at the bottom. I can also assure you that the weather vane was accurate, as the day I took this photo, there was a very cold, strong, easterly wind blowing!
The next weather vane can be found on top of the Maltings, on the waterfront of the historic city of Ely, England. The weather vane features a malt shovel, representing the Maltings origins as a Victorian Brewery, built in 1868 for the production of Ale. In this design of weather vane the handle of the shovel also doubles as the arrow indicating the direction of the wind and again I can confirm that it was another cold easterly wind blowing. As you can see from the poop underneath the weather vane, this appears to be a good vantage point for local birds.