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Waterbug One Design by JW & A Upham Ltd 


Col Reginald Bastard

The Waterbug owned by a hero of World War I
Whimsical was owned by Col Reginald Bastard (pictured), a surviver with an extraordinary story from the Battle of the Somme. (Easily found via Google).  Purchased in Reginald's retirement, I have traced Whimsical in the Lloyd's Registers between 1954 and 1965 after which she is not listed. She's one of the sixteen Upham's Waterbugs that we know existed, but have scant information on. If you can help fill in her story, please get in touch.

Whimsical Statistics
Built : 1951 by JW & A Upham Ltd of Brixham
LOA : 24' 5"
LWL : 21' 0"
Beam : 8' 3"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 6 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 184131

Whimsical Custodians & Home Ports 
Charles J Solly (1963-1965-?) Plymouth
Capt JR Bastard (1960-1962) Plymouth
Col Reginald Bastard (ret) (1951-1959) Plymouth

Whimsical Links
The Waterbug; A Derived Design?, HBA Journal, New Year 2016 
Pedigree of The Waterbugs, HBA Journal, Autumn 2016 

Page last updated : December 2017


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