Frederick Shepherd demanded extremely high quality.
We should be very thankful to him and to the fact that labour costs weren’t as high as they are nowadays. Otherwise she wouldn’t be in such an original and magnificent condition as she is now.
Some of Fred. Shepherd’s demands, for instance:
- “best Burman teak planking (not Java)”
- “grown frame double timbers of English oak”
- “lead keel bolts 1 3/8 & 1 ¼” diars. best yellow metal”
Bermudian Staysail Schooner
Built by R.J. Perkins & Sons in Whistable in 1914 commissioned to Capt. Westray,
Launched in 1929, for G.F. Carrington
Designed by Frederick Shepherd.
Interior design by Robertsons of London. Only the finest Honduras mahogany was used in the construction of the interior, hand crafted and French-polished.
Hull — Best Quality Burmese Teak 1 5/8″ (~51 mm) Planking on English Grown Oak Frames
Fastened with Copper and Bronze
External Ballast — 15 tons lead Ballast
Keel Bolts – 8 Naval Bronze
Rudder – Heavy Forged Bronze Frame with Teak Facing Pieces
Strapped Hull with Wrought Iron Galvanized Floors and Hanging knees. Breast Hooks also of Galvanized Wrought Iron
Built to Lloyds 100A1 – 18+A and Maintained to Lloyds until 1938
Superstructure: — All Teak
New engine installed in 1966/67 a new Gardner 4LW marine Diesel – 62 bhp at 1500 rpm
Decks Relayed in 1973/74. 1” Teak on 2 layers of 3/8ths marine plywood. Fastened with Silicon Bronze Screws.
New Raymarine navigation electronics in 2003. ST60 wind, speed and depth. Radar RS125 + RL70CRC.
Refit in 2003/04 at boatyard Palma de Mallorca.
Major maintenance on masts and spars and stanchions renewed in 2010 at boatyard Ventis Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. Installed AIS.