Ardglass moves to Ireland for restoration
Ardglass spent the first sixty years of her life as the family boat of the Russells. Since leaving their care in 1987 she's had a difficult time. Various owners had done work on her, often tackling major, expensive issues. Alas, none properly sorted her out and instead she was repeatedly handed on as an unfinished project. At the low point she was on eBay for next to nothing.
In 2014 Ardglass was bought with a view to being broken up for parts by Anthony Cheetham. However, he realised that her hull had had a lot of difficult work done whilst ashore at the Hesketh Bank boat yard, in Lancashire. Consequently he offered her for sale for her scrap value. In March 2015 I received the good news that, rather than being broken up, Ardglass had gone to south west Ireland to be restored.
The man rescuing Ardglass is Anthony O'Reilly and he's sent in the above photograph of her inside a safe and secure tent with the hull spripped back to the wood. He writes, “Ardglass is very much worth saving, though it will require a considerable amount of work”. He's particularly pleased to have been contacted by a niece of Agnes and Pat who told him of her fond memories of the boat, and sent him a photograph of her from the late 1960s, early 1970s.
# Fascinating Facts
# Ardglass is thought to be the first Cyclone II built
# She cost £264 14s 8d
# Fascinating Facts
Built : 1929 by Anderson, Rigden & Perkins in Whitstable, Kent
LOA : 25' 6"
Beam : 9' 1"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 7 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 161674
Ardglass Custodians & Home Ports
Anthony O'Reilly (2015-2017...) Cork, Ireland
Anthony Cheetham (2014-2015) Lancashire, England
Thierry Fialek Biles (2014) Lancashire, England
Various owners (1987-2014)
Palatiano "Pat" W Russell (1970-1987) Beaulieu River, England
Miss Agnes Russell (1936-1970) Solent, England
Thomas P Russell (1929-1936) Southampton, England
Page last updated : August 2020