Emerald at the Peel Traditional Boat Weekend 2013, Isle of Man
Photograph : Carol Laird
Emerald Moves South
This magnificent yacht, built to a variation of Albert Strange's Cherub III changed hands in September 2017 after briefly coming onto the market with an asking price of £20,000. The buyer was Dick Wynn, publisher of Lodestar Books. Previously, from her Scottish home port on the Isle of Bute, Emerald had extensively cruised the west coast of Scotland and the Irish Sea. Dick's had her moved south by road to Woodbridge in Suffolk, as reported upon in the March 2018 edition of The Gaffers' Log. Reputed to be well maintained and equipped, Emerald's a safe, fast, comfortable boat. There are now ten Albert Strange designed boats in the Thames region.
Blogger On The Clyde
Keith Clark, a Clyde based blogger, posted an entry featuring Emerald in 2013. He wrote, “Summer arrived. Time for varnish, paint and sailing: a wooden boat owner's priority list. Millport, capital city of Great Cumbrae, is a good spot for a bit of sprucing up; free moorings, a chippy, a variety of shops and afternoon entertainment from a pipe band. The singing seals joined in with the pipes.
The boat moored close to me was Emerald, a fine Albert Strange designed canoe yawl. She is a local boat, Port Bannatyne based. Her skipper and I shared our wooden boat owners joys and tribulations before he headed ashore for provisions and a pint with a friend. I had been reading Holmes of the Humber about the history of canoe yawls and the design work and sailing trips of George Holmes, a friend of Strange. Both hailed from east Yorkshire and were pioneers of canoe sailing and the development of the form into cruising yachts.
Emerald had been built for a couple who planned to sail her across the Atlantic but she never left these shores.
Taking the hint from Emerald's owner I headed in the late afternoon for the new marina at Port Bannatyne, close by Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. It's a fine little development, peaceful and friendly with simple but good facilities. On the way to Bute the GPS signal went down for quite a while, maybe due to the high pressure system but I wondered if the Royal Navy were jamming it as part of an exercise. Maybe war had broken out?
On Wednesday afternoon I had a fine beat back to Cumbrae, heaving to to allow merchant ships to pass ahead. Earlier I had a grandstand view of the spectacle the Royal Navy puts on when our nuclear deterrent puts to sea. I counted three police launches, a pilot boat and eight ribs full of marines. The passage down the Clyde is the more dangerous parts of their voyage. They make sure no one got near”.
Built : 1938 by Williams & Parkinson, Deganwy, Wales
LOA : 30' 0"
LWL : 27' 0"
Beam : 8' 6"
Draught : 4' 7"
Displacement : 6 tons TM
OGA Boat : N° 0918
Design : N° 112
Signal Letters : MXMY9
MMSI : 235017619
Emerald Custodians & Home Ports
Dick Wynne (2017-2018...) Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
Roger & Sandra Clarke (?-2013-2017) Isle of Bute, Scotland
JW Pennington (?-1993-?) Isle of Man
JB Crane (?-1973-1980-?) Ramsey, Isle of Man
Paul Lancaster (1965-1970-?) Liverpool
John C Richardson (?-1964) Liverpool
Name Withheld by Lloyd's (1962-1963) Liverpool
Rupert O Brewer (1959-1961) Fleetwood
Alexander Morris (?-1955-1958) Fleetwood
Page last updated : March 2018