First Solo Transatlantic Crossing By A Woman
Felicity Ann is the boat in which Ann Davison became the first woman to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic, an epic adventure she later wrote up in the book My Ship Is So Small.
Ann sold Felicity Ann when she got to America, and the boat ended up in Alaska for many years. Somewhat neglected, it was donated in 2011 to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, close to the USA's west coast border with Canada. Here an impressive restoration has been undertaken. In 2017 the boat, still a work in progress, was one of the exhibits at the Northwest Maritime 2017 Boat Festival.
Felicity Ann's restoration, now completed, is to feature in the September/October 2018 issue of Wooden Boat with the boat pictured on the cover
Other famous boats constructed by the Mashford Brothers' Cremyll Shipyard at the same time include Watermaiden, a boat built to Harrison Butler's Rose of Arden design.
Felicity Ann Statistics
Built : 1939-1949 by Mashford Bros in Plymouth, England
LOA : 23' 0"
LWL : 19' 0"
Beam : 7' 6"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 4 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 180199
Signal Letters : GPDL
Felicity Ann Custodians & Home Ports
Community Boat Project (2011-2018...) Port Hadlock, Washington, USA
Margaret Ann Davison (1953-1958-?) Plymouth, England
GP Hall (?-1950-1952) Plymouth, England
Page last updated : August 2018