White Moth

An Invited Friend of The Harrison Butler Association
The Gaff Ketch built in 1903 to a design by John Pain Clarke


White Moth
Photograph by Vela Rose, 2009

A Beautiful Edwardian Boat
White Moth is a historically interesting boat because it was built by Major RF Wykeham Martin in his back garden in Bourne End on the River Thames to a design by John Pain Clark. He then used White Moth to help him develop the Wykeham Martin Furling Gear, an early form of what is now referred to as Roller Reefing.

Wykeham Martin Furling Gear
Wykeham Martin Furling Gear
Image from Single Handed Cruising by Francis B Cooke, published 1919

For Sale, November 2017
White Moth, 114 years old, is today in good condition, thanks in park to a major two year restoration in the early 1990s and ongoing careful looking after since then. She's now for sale, and has just been reduced in price. A piece of authentic, living, boating history.

White Moth Statistics
Built : 1903 by RF Wykeham Martin in Bourne End on the River Thames, England
LOA : 32' 0"
LWL : 29' 6"
Beam : 7' 6"
Draught : 4' 6",
Displacement : 7 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° ------
OGA Boat Number : 2286
Sail Number : 2286Y

White Moth Custodians & Home Ports
Graham Mason (2000-2017...) Queenborough, Kent, England
H Craig-Bennett (?-1993-?) Medway, Essex, England
L Day & D Hawe (1963-1966-?) Southampton, England
TJ Bryant (1962) Southampton, England
TE Poole & TJ Bryant (1961) Southampton, England
TW Barney (?-1954-1960) Southampton, England
Major RF Wykeham Martin MBE (1903-1952-?) Bourne End, River Thames, London

White Moth Links
White Moth on the OGA website
White Moth For Sale (November 2017) with MJ Lewis Boat Sales

Page last updated : November 2017


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