Merienda : A Not So Merry End, Unfortunately
The above photograph was one in a slide show about the Hillyard boatyard in Littlehampton. Doug Coulson, the HOA archivist, recognised her as Meriender. He wrote, “Merienda used to be moored at Keyhaven, owned by a lovely gent. As he became elderly, the boat sat on her mooring, deteriorating. Eventually Mark Taylor and one other boatman from Hillyards collected her and motored her around to Littlehampton (once they had nurtured her Petter engine into action!). When her poor condition was realised, it was decided to break her up. I viewed her, with the aim of buying her engine as a spare for Hannah. However, someone took her on and started restoration work. Her superstructure was removed and re-planking started. Alas it came to nothing. She ended up in the mud berths at Littlehampton filling with the tide. I believe she was subsequently broken up”.
From the owner history, pieced together from the Lloyd's Registers, it would seem that Merienda had an adventurous life as a UK military officers boat in Cyprus in the 1970s and 1980s. It would be good to obtain a photograph of her from that time, should any reader have one.
Built : 1964 by David Hillyard at Littlehampton, England
LOA : 32' 0"
LWL : 30' 0"
Beam : 8' 8"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 9 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 306612
Merienda Custodians & Home Ports
Charles Hubbard (?-2010-2014-?) Littlehampton, England
Major DH Bird (1980-?) Lymington, England
Lt Col GE Brierley TD (1975-1979) Kyrenia, Cyprus
GE Brierley, TD (1972-1974) Kyrenia, Cyprus
PG & RJ Cole (1971) Bursledon, England
Dr A Glyn Edwards & Mrs MG Edwards (?-1965-1970) Beaulieu, England
• None Found (October 2017)
Page last updated : October 2017