Friday, 29 April 2016

Ship Ahoy


Chief Officer's Cabin
                                                                s.y. Wendorian
Although it seemed like hard work at the time, in retrospect I am grateful that I was able to complete a trip in this lovely old vessel.

She was built by Hawthornes of Leith in 1903 and was christened Stephanotis by her first owner, Charles Arkcoll. He sold it ten years later to Norman Clark-Neill who used her until 1923 when ownership passed to Duque de Tarifa. Then, in 1939 her name became Wendorian under George E.Milligan.

In 1950 it is rumoured that holiday camp magnate Billy Butlin leased the ship to entertain his investors. In 1951 it was acquired by King Edward VII Nautical College who used her as a training vessel until 1961 by which time the hull was deemed to be beyond economical repair and she went to breakers in Rotterdam.
It was aboard Wendorian  that I discovered 'A Sailor's Life' by Jan de Hartog ... an absolute masterpiece of amusing descriptions about life on an ocean wave. This ex-library book came my way the sweet way and the seaway courtesy of eBay.

From the Author's Preface