Saturday 5 February 2011


I didn't know much about this lovely ketch which we first saw on the river a few weeks ago down at the Royal Southern YC pontoon in Hamble, at the time I didn't have my camera with me, so it was a nice surprise to see her on what I guess is a permanent mooring up in Swanwick pool by the Jolly Sailor.

She's classic looking with a canoe stern, length on deck I estimated about 43 or 45 feet. That pilot house looks like a great place to be, offering good visibility together with a safe and cosy spot for the watch keeper.

Her name is Maybird of Falmouth and a quick google revealed that she was was designed by Fred Shepherd and his assistant at the time Fred Parker and built at Tyrrell's yard in Arklow.


  1. Beautiful double-ender! Thanks for sharing.

  2. hello BB - i'm trawling through photos i took last year because she looks awfully like a boat i saw in salcombe last summer - i'll let you know if i find the photos - she's lovely

  3. Steve, could well be she's available for charter so I'd guess they will include west country cruising.

    That said there is a very similar boat based down your way, we were rafted alongside in the yealm a few years back but I forget her name.



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