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Designed by
Albert Strange  


Charm Painting

The Artist's Work, Itself the Subject of a Painting
This oil painting of Charm under sail was exhibited in Sydney, 2011. This beautiful boat, built in 1921, has survived through to the modern day thanks to a loving restoration by Russell Read, her owner between 2000 and 2005. The design used is an enlargement of the 29ft Venture, a vessel built in 1911 which has also recently undergone a major restoration.
HBA Honorary Member, Dick Wynn, was Charm's custodian between 2006 and 2012, when he reluctantly sold her, his other commitments not leaving enough time to properly enjoy boat ownership. Dick is editor of Lodestar books which in recent years has published books on both Harrison Butler's and Albert Strange's designs.
Dick sold Charm to Robert Westling who very kindly invited seven Albert Strange enthusiasts, myself included, aboard for a weekend afloat, late August 2016. A gallery of photographs from this joyful event is to be found on my Tramontana website.

Charm on the Cover of Classic Boat, 2006

Charm Statistics
Built : 1921 by EL Woods, Cantley
LOA : 27' 8"
LWL : 25' 0"
Beam : 7' 6"
Draught : 5' 0"
Displacement : 6 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 144126
OGA Boat Number : 2430
SSR : N° ....
Design : N° 156 (Scaled up from Venture)
Signal Letters : .....
MMSI : .....

Charm Custodians & Home Ports 
Robert Westling (2013-2017...) Walton Backwaters, England
Dick Wynne (2006-2012) Walton Backwaters, England
Russel Read (2000-2005) Walton Backwaters, England
John Mullen (1971-1980-?) Emsworth
Cdr Derek G Smeeton RN (1965-1970) Gosport
JC Hall (1963-1964) Keyhaven
D Dalby (1962) Keyhaven
Mr & Mrs MA Harris (1960-1961) Chichester
Rear-Admiral PE Philips (1958-1959) Itchenor
Gavin C Paterson (?-1954-1957) Great Yarmouth
HF Barge (1950-1952-?) Great Yarmouth
HG Thomas (?-1947-1949) Yarmouth
CG Houghton (?-1927-1939-?) Yarmouth
NR Suffling (?-1923-1924-?) Yarmouth

Charm Links
Charm being worked on byTom Gilmour Ltd in 2005

Page last updated : October 2017


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