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The Bermudan Sloop built by David Hillyard in 1937

Photograph by Jeremy 'Jay' Cresswell


Tarlair : Pre-War Solid Build
Jay Cresswell, writing in the October 2011 edition of The Hillyarder, had this to say of Tarlair: “It had been even longer ... more than 40 years ... since I first set foot on the 9-ton Hillyard, Tarlair, in Conwy, North Wales as a teenager. This pre-war build was a fantastic old lady ... a mother hen to a bunch of kids who were mad on sailing, and yet she could lift her skirts and fairly shift when she had a mind to on cruises to the West Country, to France and several times to my beloved Scottish West Coast over a number of years. Even after buying my first serious boat in my early 20s, the 35ft Lancashire nobby (otherwise known as a Morecambe Bay prawner) Venture, I continued to have the occasional adventure in Tarlair for some years. And it is Tarlair, plus other Conwy based Hillyards of those times, like the 12-ton prewar Lady Rita and post-war Khariessa and Pelindaba, that ever so subtly pushed me towards Sequoiah decades later”.

Tarlair Statistics
Built : 1937 by David Hillyard at Littlehampton, England
LOA : 30' 3"
LWL : --' -"
Beam : 9' 3"
Draught : -' -"
Displacement : 9 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 165307
Signal Letters : -----
MMSI : ---------

Tarlair Custodians & Home Ports 
Claude Howarth (1963-1980-?) Conwy, Wales
R Atwood Beaver BM BCh (1939-1962) Littlehampton, England
Capt Cyril P Ryan RN (ret) (1937-1938) Littlehampton, England

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Page last updated : January 2018


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