1930 Classic on the Verge of Restoration
Jamie Clay, is the custodian of Firefly, an Albert Strange design modified by Harrison Butler. He recently wrote the following about Muldonich, one of his other boats.
“Muldonich, to remind people, is the boat which a former owner of Venture, Dr DK Chalmers, commissioned G L Watson & Co to design for him in 1929. He asked them to obtain the plans of Venture in order to make what appears to be a very close development of Venture. My speculation is that he loved Venture but wanted to have auxiliary power, which, with the large and heavy motors available at that time, would have spoiled her. Muldonich seems a little fuller in the quarters and with a little more beam (but still notably slim). A copy of Venture's lines does indeed reside with those of Muldonich in the G L Watson archive. To my astonishment, she appeared from nowhere on the river Blackwater just when we were doing the sea-trials on Venture after her restoration by us in 2003. To cut a long story short, a few years later, following a chance phone call, I ended up removing her from the marina where she was going to be burned. Fortunately I was able to store her at the farm of a sympathetic friend, and some years rolled by during which I came to realize I was not going to tackle another major restoration. I contacted a boatbuilder friend, Joe Irving of Draughtsman Yachts at Barton upon Humber, whose work I admire, and who I thought might also be able to help us with Tally Ho. After a fascinating visit on the way home from the ASA weekend in Scarborough in March 2017, he not only offered us free storage for Tally Ho if we could get her there, but also thought he might have a customer for Muldonich. This turned out to be the case, and Muldonich thus found new hope of a new life - all being well, work will start in about 18 months”.
Muldonich gets a mention in Classic Boat, January 2013
Built : 1930 by J MacDonald, Oban, Scotland
LOA : 30' 0"
LWL : 22' 0"
Beam : 6' 7"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 4 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 161928
Signal Letters : MPWQ
Muldonich on the road to Barton upon Humber, April 2017
Photograph by Jamie Clay
Muldonich Custodians & Home Ports
Jamie Clay (c2006-c2016) Barton-on-Humber, England
Alexander C Smith (1979-1985-?) Glasgow, Scotland
Robert McLennan (1962-1978) Glasgow, Scotland
William Rankin (1961) Gare Loch, Scotland
Ian W Forsyth (1958-1960) Glasgow, Scotland
Dr Lowell Lamont (?-1954-1957) Glasgow, Scotland
J Sellers (1952-?) Glasgow, Scotland
WEG & Mrs EM Muir (1949-1951) Glasgow, Scotland
Hugo J Patten (?-1947-1948) Glasgow, Scotland
JR Gifford & Hugo J Patten (1934-1939-?) Glasgow, Scotland
JR Gifford & HM Jamieson (1933) Glasgow, Scotland
WK Chalmers MB ChB (?-1931-1932) Glasgow, Scotland
Archive photograph of Muldonich
Courtesy of GL Watson & Co
Page last updated : June 2017