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NEW DEAL FOR MYSTERY
Saved from demolition at Riverbank Road, Bromborough, in a timely 2017 intervention by the late Tom Middlebrook, a Merseyside insurance broker, MYSTERY II demanded a second rescue before dawn in Liverpool under the auspices of the Nobby Owners' Association campaigning for the preservation of "Lancashire nobbies, Morecambe Bay prawners and kindred gaff-rigged boats".
The job required two road trailers from Sealand Boat Deliveries and a 50T mobile crane and lifting team from Roadcraft in Bootle, to hoist the 12.6m x 3.65m 11500kg nobby out of a technical college yard before rolling a few inches under the first floor of an office block in Vauxhall Road, Liverpool.
Built by James Armour at Fleetwood in 1911 for Frank Hughes of Egremont, Wallasey, the gaff-rigged 41ft Mystery II won the Magazines Sailing Club Regatta in her very first summer.
Seven decades later, after two world wars and a hard life fishing from Conwy in North Wales, she was still fast enough to come second in the 1990 Liverpool Nobby race, using a suit of borrowed sails.
Moored for years as the mysterious LL59 in the Mersey tideway near the Tranmere Oil Terminal, she was well-known to thousands of seafarers. Norval ‘Spike’ Brown owned her for fifty years.
Adrian Farey from the Elwy Working Woods Co-operative at Moelfre, near Abergele, has taken on the project after an initial assessment by Scott Metcalfe of Waterfront Marine.
The darkest hour is just before the dawn
Boat Transport News 2021
Thanks to the Cold War alliance between Fidel Castro and the German Democratic Republic, her mahogany planks were probably best Cuban, rather than Honduran, the finest dark Swietenia mahagoni on steam-bent frames under decks laid in solid teak at VEB Yachtwerft Berlin in Köpenick, a yard founded in 1890.
Despite trading barriers far worse than Brexit 2021, the adventurous Glasgow yacht broker, R.M. "Ronnie" Scott, had been importing East German versions of the Nordic Folkboat to customers at his Euroyachts city centre showroom since 1965. In the German Democratic Republic, he eventually befriended the Stasi secret policeman tasked with tailing him around the Leipzig trade fair and into state-owned boatyards with long histories of pre-war craftsmanship going back to Imperial Germany.
Ronnie's foreign expeditions eventually led to a forty-year trading partnership between Euroyachts and the French company Jeanneau.
He liked to display his discoveries in action on the Clyde during Glasgow Fair Weekend, the ancient late July holiday that has been dated back to the year 1190.
For nearly a hundred years yachtsmen, rich and poor of all nations, have gathered off Rothesay at Glasgow Fair Weekend for the event they call the Tobermory Race, sailing in stages from the Clyde to Ardrishaig, through the Crinan Canal and on through the fierce tide race of the Dhorus Mhor and past the notorious whirlpool in the Gulf of Corryvreckan to Tobermory Bay on the Isle of Mull.
The Glasgow Herald announced that 1968 would be a big yachting year on the Clyde with a hundred yachts joining the Tobermory Race to be televised as BBC Scotland's first-ever colour TV outside broadcast. The young Icelandic-born TV presenter Magnus Magnusson and a BBC camera crew would be aboard Ian Nicholson's 8-metre yacht St Mary with another cameraman high above the racing fleet, filming from a helicopter.
The buccaneering Ronnie Scott was busy popularising a new international 7-metre class of cruiser/racer, cheaper than the fifty-foot 8-metres on the Clyde. Scott's salesmanship was legendary but the graceful 8-metres were never outnumbered and many are still around in 2021.
Ronnie told the Herald that two German 7-metres ERLIN MOR and SHONA III had already been delivered from the DDR to his unusual city centre boatyard. A third yacht PELLINGAR III was due to be shipped from Berlin to Glasgow in March and two Scottish-built 7-metres, ZELEDA, building at McGruer's yard at Clynder on the Gareloch and NORELLA building at Sandbank, would mean that five 7-metres would be contesting the Tobermory Race. Despite Cold War politics ERLIN MOR would be campaigned in the Tobermory Race by her East German designer, Werner Siegel of VEB Yachtwerft Berlin.
Ian Nicholson's fancied 8-metre ST MARY, carrying much of the BBC equipment, never made up time lost after grounding in the Kyles and again off Crinan. The winner of the 1968 race was another 8-metre, Kenny Gall's Christina of Cascais. The mahogany German 7-metres were losing the Zeitgeist. Glass-reinforced plastic yachts were appearing in Western Europe and the USA. But to the credit of both Werner Siegel and Ronnie Scott, many wooden yachts from VEB Yachtwerft have had very long lives. ERLIN MOR was seen club racing on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland in the twenty-first century, but suddenly turned up in June 2021 on a deep water mooring off Whale Island in Portsmouth Harbour, offered for sale by the ominously named Boatbreakers firm in Gosport.
"Boat demolition & disposal for any yacht, motorboat or ship, any size, any condition, anywhere"
"I knew that my friend Julian Armitage in Cumbria was looking for a larger yacht. I told him about Erlin Mor and urged him in the strongest possible terms that she had to be rescued and refitted, not stripped and scrapped. Julian trusts me on all matters marine. He got into contact with Boatbreakers and made the purchase. Erlin Mor will get the attention she deserves and will once again sail across the Irish Sea. I told Julian that Erlin Mor was, and is, the most beautiful boat he will ever own."
Julian Armitage made a deal with Luke Edney at www.boatbreakers.com for the 34ft 9in sloop to be towed from Whale Island to Gosport Boatyard for a tightly-timed 367-mile road delivery to safety on the hard at Maryport Marina.
Andrew Rosthorn at Sealand Boat Deliveries said, "I liked the idea of rescuing one of Ronnie Scott's German 7-metres from demolition in 2021. We worked for Euroyachts in the 1970s when Ronnie was starting to import from Italy and France. He was a great deal-maker and we were often too expensive for him. But in September 1977 Ronnie ordered an urgent delivery of a 34ft Grand Soleil yacht from the Cantiere del Pardo in Bologna. We had no time to apply for Italian wide load permits, so we sent a very diplomatic driver with some cash to smooth things with the Italian police. That was the way it was in those days.
"Unfortunately a rival Italian haulier outwitted our efforts at bribery. Our man was turned away and Ronnie was incandescent. Despite a successful second attempt and a faultless drive though the Alps by my partner Graham Hasleden, we were three weeks late in Glasgow."
Bologna, October 1977
Gosport Boatyard, July 27, 2021
Rescued in Maryport
THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL
Gosport Boatyard, July 27, 2021
Rescued in Maryport
THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL
Rescued in Maryport
THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL
The MDHB master mariners who ordered the 41ft [12.5m] 12-tonne launch in 1962 for duty inside the docks and out on the exposed Mersey Bar were demanding clients.
A superb Gardner 6LX oil engine and gearbox were matched with Kitchen patent clam-shell rudder gear to give reversed directional thrust like the clam-shell thrust reversing systems on jet airliners.
The inventor of the steering system, John G. A. Kitchen of Storrs, Windermere, enabled a single engine to be run in gear at a constant, economical speed even when the vessel needed to be stationary. The vessel could turn in her own length.
Under under the recent ownership of the Farrell family, SURVEYOR became well-known around the Irish Sea and much admired at the traditional boat weekends in Peel, Isle of Man.
But my darling when I think of thee.
Boat Transport News 2020
We bought Agwi for civils and dredging operations and for service as a workboat in the Liverpool dock and canal system. Agwi will work on berthing duties at the 350-metre Liverpool Cruise Terminal, before handing over that duty to Neptune, another of our vessels. She will also be involved in underwater ploughing, surveying and diving operations. Her hull has already been blasted and painted during a mini overhaul.
In the later years of her long working career the barge that turned up in Canal Street had lost her magnificent L & L transom when she was cut down in Yorkshire and given a new welded flat stern for working with a pusher tug.
Then, to the delight of dozens of city flâneurs, the C&RT men opened a series of valves and gate paddles and poured millions of gallons of water down the cut, building up a big head of water behind the old girl that eventually surged her through various pinch points using champagne cork technology. Water flooded the towpaths, but it worked.`
India House, Manchester by Adolphe Valette Manchester Art Gallery
TWIZZLE CREEK TO RIVER ASLAND
The 8-tonne, 13-metre cruiser-racer, designed by Kurt Schröter, was built at the Hacker Werft in Travemünde on the Baltic Sea in 1997.
Often times I have crossed the sands
Boat Transport News 2018
In 1875 thousands of mill hands walked to the lake from Smithy Bridge railway station to watch Captain Matthew Webb training for the first recorded swim across the English Channel.
In Victorian days there were often three steamers at work on the 53-hectare lake that had been created in 1800 to feed the locks of the trans-Pennine Rochdale Canal.
The 20-horsepower replica Victorian steam engine, fed by a 21st century bio-fuel boiler, eventually proved "un-economic" for occasional cruising days on the idyllic mere and has now been replaced by a 13.5 bhp Beta Marine 2-cylinder diesel.
WINDSWEPT AND THE WHIRLWIND
The bilingual 11 year old would be described by Orson Welles in 1967 as 'the greatest actress in the world'.
Granville Buckley was a former sailing trawler skipper. He had sold his own 58ft jigger smack Alicia FD 60 at Fleetwood in 1905. In the summer and autumn of 1939 he sheltered Jeanne with her mother and her baby sister aboard the hefty 'double-ender' that David Hillyard's men had built in mahogany on oak at the Ropewalk in Littlehampton in 1936.
The future star of Louis Malle's film Lift to the Scaffold, of Jules et Jim for François Truffaut and three movies for Orson Welles, was the unexpected and sometimes unwanted daughter of a 20-year old Lancashire girl who went dancing with the Tiller Girls at the Folies Bergère in the roaring twenties. So the first words ever delivered by Jeanne Moreau were spoken in Lancashire-accented English on a summer holiday at her grandfather's house in Oldham. He called her Chatterbox.
Fifty years later, after marriages and affairs with famous Frenchmen, with men as varied as Pierre Cardin and Lee Marvin, after a dramatic Hollywood separation from the director of The Exorcist and after being named as a co-respondent by Vanessa Redgrave, 'La Moreau' was asked if she had ever loved an Englishman. “Yes”, she said. “He had the impossible name of Granville. He was my grandfather.“
She told the French novelist Yvonne Baby that grandfather was “mad about Joseph Conrad.”
I think he once met Conrad. He wrote articles for the maritime journals, acquired himself a boat with the magnificent name Windswept and rented himself out with the yacht in summer, giving courses in navigation. There were books by Conrad in his library and I read them all in English. I am totally bilingual. I went to school in England during the war.
Orson Welles, Michael Bryant, Jeanne Moreau and cameraman Willy Kurant filming off the Croatian island of Hvar on Welles's unfinished 1966-9 film The Deep. WILLY KURANT
Biographer Marianne Gray noted in 1994 that Jeanne Moreau could still sing Vera Lynn's 1939 version of the daily envoi given by 'Uncle Mac' at the end of every BBC radio Children's Hour: “Goodnight, children, everywhere”.
“If my mother had left my father sooner. I would have been an English actress.”
Baby Jeanne meant that Kathleen would never tour America with the Tiller Girls. For Anatole Moreau's extended family, most of them still living in villages in the ancient central province of the Bourbonnais, a Moreau baby by a Protestant dancer was a very different kind of disaster. Anatole, Kathleen and Jeanne lived in both Paris and Vichy, before splitting up after a bankruptcy in Vichy landed them in a dreadful existence in two rooms next to a Parisian brothel near Pigalle. Kathleen came home to her mother and father in Brighton with Jeanne and a new-born baby Michelle. Jeanne joined the Brownies in Sussex.
It was only the war that took them back to France. On January 1, 1940, Jeanne and her mother boarded the Newhaven - Dieppe ferry, pushing Michelle in a pram and returning to Paris five months before the German invasion.
In the late summer of 1940, with Anatole Moreau trapped in the unoccupied part of France, Kathleen, Jeanne and the baby were turned back by the Germans in a column of Parisian refugees intercepted at Orléans. Kathleen was ordered as a British subject to report daily to the Gestapo in Paris.
At 15, in German-occupied Paris, Jeanne skipped a Latin class for a secret visit to Jean Anouilh's Antigone, a play about the rebellious daughter and sister of Oedipus:
It was the coup de foudre. I was Paul on the way to Damascus. I knew at once I wanted to be an actress.Her father hit her across the face when she told him what was going to happen:
My father was drunk and the first word that came out of his mouth was putain - whore. To be an actress was to be a whore.
The 'greatest actress in the world' is now buried in the cemetery at Montmartre, not far from the site of her father's bistro and very close to the grave of her lover François Truffaut.
Qui m'fascinaient, qui m'fascinaient
Y avait l'ovale d'son visage pâle
De femme fatale qui m'fut fatal
De femme fatale qui m'fut fatal
The archipelago is named after Aeolus, the mythological Greek god of the wind, and perhaps for good reason. The winds, together with strong currents, unpredictable weather conditions, make the islands one of the most dangerous places for seafarers to navigate.
After surviving wartime government ownership and seven different British owners between 1947 and 1978 Windswept had been restored as a major prize-winning project by the Tecnomar yard on the banks of the River Tiber at Fiumcino near Rome.
Disaster struck five months after presentation of a 2003 restoration of the year trophy to the Italian craftsmen for their work on Windswept.
“On August 1, she was caught in a fierce thunderstorm off Panerea. She just exploded on the rocks of the island. It is very sad because she was a magnificent boat.”
Wrecked: August 1, 2003, Island of Panerea, Tyrrhenian Sea.
Length overall: 54ft 0in [16.45m]
Length waterline: 47ft 0in [14.32m]
Beam: 13ft 3in [4.03m]
Draught: 5ft 9in [1.75m]
31 tons Thames Measurement
Lloyd's Register: 165291
Emiliano Parenti of Tecnomar
La Moreau: a biography of Jeanne Moreau by Marianne Gray, New York NY 1996.
FROM GRAVEYARD TO LAST CHANCE SALOON
Built by James Armour at Fleetwood in 1911 for Frank Hughes of Egremont, Wallasey, the gaff-rigged trawler Mystery II won the Magazines Sailing Club Regatta in her very first summer. Seven decades later, after two world wars and a hard life fishing from Conwy in North Wales, she was still fast enough to come second in the 1990 Liverpool Nobby race, using a suit of borrowed sails.
Moored for years as the mysterious LL59 in the tideway near the Tranmere Oil Terminal, she was well-known to thousands of seafarers. Norval "Spike“ Brown owned her for fifty years. The Liverpool insurance broker Tom Middlebrook heard that she was in trouble early this year. The 41ft 6in nobby had been laid up near Riverbank Road in Bromborough, facing demolition.
Days later the Nobby Owners Association, formed in 1987 to "encourage the restoration of traditional Morecambe Bay prawners and Lancashire nobbies“ organised a rescue by Sealand Boat Deliveries, to haul her into the Bluepoint yard at Liverpool while the association arranged an overhaul by craftsmen and apprentices at the community college in Vauxhall Road. By mid-summer, the association ordered Sealand and a crack lifting team from Roadcraft Crane Hire to hoist the 11.5 tonne hull from a car park, over a wall to land her on a second slave boat trailer for rolling for restoration at the end of a narrow alleyway at the side of the college.
ARCTIC WHALE WATCHERS
Four weeks earlier on December 4, the crew of the specialised Redbay Stormforce 9.1 boat had been at sea off the Inner Hebrides filming basking sharks. Team leaders Shane Wasik and Luke Saddler have filmed both sharks and dolphins from tiny video cameras mounted on radio-controlled drones. The basking shark Cetorhinus maximus is the world's second-largest fish.
The twin hulls of the 23-tonne Bibby HydroMap coastal survey vessel ride wide on high-tensile steel plates chained across a low 300mm deck height steerable trailer, keeping overall height under motorway bridge safe clearance on the 3-day haul over the three North British summits, M62 Windy Hill, M6 Shap and Beattock on the wide load route from the North Sea to the Firth of Clyde.
PROTEUS is named after an early Greek god of rivers, seas and oceans and works on advanced offshore geophysical surveys with side scan sonar, sub-bottom profilers and marine magnetometers. With a draught of only 1.0 metre she can operate in shallow seas up to 60 miles from safe havens.
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A slick move from Antigua to Wicklow
In an epic 2015 aboard TEASING MACHINE, the French oil trader Eric de Turckheim had won his class at Cowes Week, taken the Channel Race outright and finished second overall in the Rolex Fastnet Race. But ever since he went offshore racing at the age of 18, he had dreamed of competing in the Sydney - Hobart Race.
To make this happen, the racing division of Peters & May in Southampton shipped TEASING MACHINE from France to Sydney by container ship in time for the Boxing Day start of the notorious heavy weather race across the Bass Strait.
Denied overall victory only by light airs on the very last 12 miles up the Derwent River from Iron Pot to Castray Esplanade, the TEASING MACHINE team took their class, finished 11th overall and delighted their skipper.
We went out to sea. We saw it coming on. It was very brutal and then that was it. We just went down south as much as we could. We had to deal with the next transition.
Once again winning IRC One in only 68 hours elapsed time and claiming third overall for the race, de Turckheim was on hand to describe his experiences and the differences between racing in the Bass Strait and competing in the Caribbean:
It was a big trip to get the boat here from Australia, including sailing 1,500 miles upwind from Panama, but we knew we had the potential to do well in this race. This is a great race and I will always remember the leg from La Desirade to Barbuda, averaging 15 knots for 140 miles with full sail and warm water cascading down the deck; it couldn't be better. We like to win but not at any cost. The ambience on board is fantastic and we were often toasting our performance with a small glass of red wine.
TEASING MACHINE sailed down the Mersey in June, bound for Wicklow as one of 63 starters in a memorable Volvo Round Ireland Race, delighting the veteran Irish yachting reporter W.M. Nixon by making ‘a proper job of tide-dodging inside the Wexford banks’. Nixon described an epic 704-mile battle between the three MOD trimarans in the race, won in a record 38 hours, 37 minutes and 7 seconds by the Sultanate of Oman’s flagship Musandam-Oman Sail:
The craft and guile behind the crew of TEASING MACHINE again delighted Mr Nixon at afloat.ie :
Eric de Turckheim’s Teasing Machine was both consistent and brilliant, and on Wednesday tacking down the southern part of the North Channel, she was neck and neck with Ross Hobson’s two-handed canting-keeled Open 50 Pegasus of Northumberland.
Pictures thanks to Peters & May, Bruce Montgomery, Sealand Boat Deliveries and Afloat.ie
From Zürisee to the Da-ow-a-ga
Carnelian Bay, California, May 14: From her birthplace in Canton Schwyz ENCHANTED has arrived at her new mooring on Lake Tahoe, 1897 metres above sea level.
The 10.3m Pedrazzini Special Runabout, largest in the current range, left the lakeside workshops of Claudio Pedrazzini at Bäch am Zürichsee on April 4, after final trials on the lake known in Swiss German as Zürisee.
The rare fruit of 4,000 man hours of work by 15 craftsmen and apprentices, led by the grandson of the founder of the 102-year old firm, was shrink-wrapped at Bäch am Zürichsee by Neil Joseph from Poole in England, for transport to Lake Tahoe, a vast mountain lake not discovered by Europeans until 1844 and then known to the Washoe tribe of native Americans as Da-ow-a-ga.
Transportbedrijf Van de Wetering BV delivered the mahogany masterpiece from Switzerland to Zeebrugge in Belgium for a deep sea voyage aboard the 61,328 GRT car carrier MV Toscana via the Panama Canal to Port Hueneme, from where Californian trucker Warren Moger hauled her 500 miles into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, climbing 6,325 feet from sea level to the Sierra Boat Company at Carnelian Bay.
The Targa 48 GT was destined for Bates Wharf, London agents for Fairline, after managers and workers at the new firm had first of all honoured contracts by completing all boats under construction when the old firm went into administration.
Russell Currie, the new managing director, said, “We are delighted that today has seen the first boat to roll off our production line since our purchase of Fairline Boats from administration at the end of January. We have been focusing on completing existing orders to ensure no customer of Fairline Yachts from anywhere in the world loses confidence in our ability to provide them with their new boat.
“As a result, we have experienced a surge in orders from our dealer network, for both stock and retail sold boats for this year and next. With a healthy forward order book, some outstanding future product designs, a skilled and passionate workforce, a committed dealer network and a loyal customer following, Fairline Yachts is on its way to getting back to where it belongs.”
Two Russians have bought Fairline for less than the price of a superyacht.
Russell Currie, manager of Fairline North Mallorca and former engineering director of Sunseeker International in Mallorca, is the new managing director and the Oundle factory will stay open and employing around 100 staff with a plan to build between 30 and 40 yachts this year.
The Corby works and the base at Ipswich marina will not re-open.
I am delighted to have been appointed Managing Director for Fairline Yachts. With the resources of the investors, coupled with the expert knowledge of the management team and our energy and passion for the brand, the structure is in place for a great future for Fairline Yachts. We will focus on creating high quality luxury motor yachts that boaters will want to own and dealers will want to sell.
Alexander Volov and Igor Glyanenkos were described this week as British-based shareholders in the media technology business Megahertz and “passionate about boats.”
Fairline Squadrons at the Ipswich testing base in 2007. Oxyman, Creative Commons
Yacht Transport News 2015
TO THE LIMIT AT GLASSON DOCK
Moving a 55ft blue water ketch from the Lune to the Humber.
SHEARMYSTE, a 26 tonne, 8-foot draught, aluminium alloy ketch, built by Thrislington of Newton Aycliffe in 1984 to a Laurent Giles design, was bound for Hull when a team from Sealand Boat Deliveries and Davlyn Marine loaded her at the Glasson Basin yard to within two inches of the safe motorway bridge height.
But with a ground clearance also measured in inches, would the super-low trailer clear the canal bridge before crossing a second humped-back stone bridge over the River Conder?
Re-launched at Hull Marina 24 hours after lifting at Glasson Basin Marina.
CLASSIC RESCUE FROM WINTER IN THE FIRTH OF FORTH
A fine 1907 Mylne sloop has been rescued for restoration.
The next stage of the rescue plan involved the Briggs Marine multicat FORTH BOXER bringing the old girl alongside a mobile crane for road delivery to Steve's Lancashire workshop by Sealand Boat Deliveries.
In 1968, when the elegant double-ender was owned and raced by Dr G. Henderson from Garelochead, she came third out of 34 starters in the final leg of the Clyde Cruising Club Tobermory Race.
Her new owner does not yet know how her long career in Clyde racing led to the exposed mooring by the quay in Kinghorn, Fife, a harbour inaccessible to lorries on a coast 'much encumbered with rocks' near the cliffs where King Alexander III of Scotland fell to his death after his horse stumbled in 1286.
The 6500kg 1.88m [6ft 2in] draught hull has now been craned into a workshop cradle in a yard near the River Douglas at Newborough, Lancashire.
A VERY TIGHT JOB
Bound for Scotland on M180
Proteus, a son of Poseidon, was an early Greek god of rivers, seas and oceans, Homer's 'Old Man of the Sea', who would change his shape to avoid foretelling the future, eventually giving us the word 'protean' for versatility, flexibility and adaptability.
The crew left their ship's automatic identification system switched on during the cross-country move, allowing their managers the rare sight on office laptops of a maritime AIS-equipped vessel clearing Beattock Summit at a steady 45 miles per hour.
High grade positioning systems include an Inertial Navigation System (INS) and acoustic Ultra Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system for towfish tracking. The large aft deck features a moon pool fitted with a hydraulic retractable hydrodynamic gondola designed to house a high grade multibeam echo sounder systems. PROTEUS is permanently mobilised with an AGO-CSW7 electric sonar winch which when combined with the hydraulic A-Frame, allows for the safe launch and recovery of geophysical equipment including side scan sonar, sub bottom profilers and marine magnetometers. A hydraulic lifting winch enables oceanographic and benthic survey equipment to be launched and recovered from the vessel including small inspection class ROV/drop down camera, various grab sampling equipment and benthic trawls.
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ANOTHER TIGHT JOB
This is as good as it gets at this key Pennine canal base, where the Calder and Hebble Navigation of 1759 meets the transpennine Rochdale Canal of 1804. MISTY LADY, formerly FREE SPIRIT, a 10.36m x 3.65m wide F.B. Wilds Bermuda 34 Broads cruiser had been re-fitting in a tight location in Lancashire before Sealand Boat Deliveries were called in to bring her to the Calder and Hebble. After double-lifting over narrow steel gates at Bury, the drivers were faced by the tight archway at Sowerby Bridge, the only road access point to the mobile crane launching pad. Her owners appear pleased.
MANHATTAN 63 TO PSP SOUTHAMPTON SHOW
An outer layer of teak, specified for tropical service on her double-diagonal construction, granted this 48-foot High Speed Target Tower a long life. But few in 1942 would have forecast a sixty year career for a 12-tonne "Derby Winner Class" shipped by the Royal Army Service Corps to the supply port of Freetown in the year of the battle of El Alamein. Superbly preserved after half a lifetime on the River Thames and 59 years in the hands of one family, she is now destined for a winter berth under new ownership on the River Douglas in Lancashire.
In 1947 Mr Roger Miller bought her from the military small craft disposals yard at Woolwich. His family retained her forward wheelhouse and most of her features. Fitting a pair of 6.354 Perkins diesels in place of her trio of revolutionary wartime Perkins S6Ms reduced her top speed to 12 knots but allowed the family to walk through the engine room from the forward cabin to the saloon.
Each of her 21 sisters was built on the Isle of Wight by J. Samuel White or Groves & Gutteridge and carried the name of a racehorse winner of the Epsom Derby. Lemberg was a bay stallion born in 1907. He won the race in 1910 and lived a long life at stud until he died in 1928. His owner was just as lucky. Alfred Cox mysteriously campaigned a string of famous racehorses under the assumed name of "Mr Fairie". As a young man in Australia he won a share in a silver mine playing poker with Georgie McCulloch the mastermind behind the Broken Hill Mining Company, now BHP Billiton.
LEMBERG, delivered to the RASC in 1942 [RCT Museum].
J/111: NEW YEAR MERSEY ARRIVAL
J/111: NEW YEAR MERSEY ARRIVAL
Barely eighteen months after the first of these strict one-design 36-footers raced during Block Island Week in the USA, sixty J/111s have been built in France and the USA and delivered to ten countries. Ten raced together at La Trinité-sur-Mer in Brittany in the summer of 2012. In a famous last-minute performance in 2011, a brand new French-built J/111 called SHMOKING JOE arrived by lorry in Hamble only 24 hours before the start of the 2011 Round Island Race. Phil Thomas and Duncan McDonald immediately raced her to win the IRC1 and IRC 1A divisions and finish sixth of the 400 competing IRC boats in the big 50-mile race.
Sealand Boat Deliveries delivered JEZEBEL, complete with a 16.67m mast constructed by Hall Spars in a new carbon nano-tube material called Arovex. To lower her centre of gravity and deliver a boat with no more than 2.18m draught, the Johnstone brothers of J-Boats designed a hollow fabricated stainless steel fin with a flat-sided lead bulb. J/111s can accelerate to windward at over 7 knots and plane downwind at 17 knots.
The J/111 is known for her narrow waterline beam and her open transom.
FINLAND TO VALENCIA ON HER BEAM ENDS
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ALBION CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN AT 106
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ICED PUMA IN NORTH YORKSHIRE
On the iced gravel of a steep and treacherous private road he soon passed the point of no return. The load was a 3.8m wide Spanish-built Puma 37 sloop destined for a mid-winter delivery across the high moors of Northern England to Whitehaven on the Irish Sea.
VOLVO 70s OUT OF THE STEALTH ZONE
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Chris Bugler at White Rock in St Peter Port, ready to roll FOOTSIE aboard the ro-ro ferry Commodore Goodwill for repairs in England. TONY RIVE
RESCUING USTINOV'S NITCHEVO
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CLASSIC MOVE: CONNECTICUT TO CORNWALL IN 21 DAYS
EXTREME YACHT TRANSPORT IN SOUTH ATLANTIC
WILLIAM FIFE SCHOONER RESCUE
Crisis in Port Rhu
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BOAT TRANSPORT? What's Wrong With Shiply?
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Griff Rhys Jones's celebrated Rhodes 45 sloop UNDINA alongside at Cherbourg, bound for Les Voiles de St Tropez.
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NAVIGARE NECESSE EST, VIVERE NON EST NECESSE
To sail is necessary, to survive is not necessary.
Attributed by Plutarch to Gnaeus Pompeius who sent sailors to sea in bad weather to bring grain from Africa to Rome.
Ici on trouve la metéo, des vendeurs de bateaux, les spécialistes du transport bateau et la cyberbourse électronique des transporteurs.
Ein Amerikaner aus Kalifornien war 1997 unser erster Kunde. Er liess seine Yacht in Amerika von Küste zu Küste transportieren. Seit diesem ungewöhnlichen Boottransport, hat unsere Transportbörse hunderte von Yachtbesitizern mit anderen Bootstransporteuren in Verbindung gebracht. Stellen auch sie ihr Transportproblem auf dem BTX board dar. Die Bootstranporteure geben kostenlos Ratschläge und bieten ihnen Preise an.