Friday, 10 September 2010

Canna, yacht no 10

photo by Clive Brown
Canna was built by Bute Slip Dock Company in 1938 for J D Cochrane.

She was owned by J Herbert Thom from 1948 to 1963. Originally painted white, she became varnished after 1954, as Herbert Thom preferred this and took a lot of trouble to establish that a varnished finish was a "colour" in terms of the Class Rules, which were in the early days incredibly strictly enforced.

From 1963 to 1968 she belonged to Mr and Mrs W Turner. I have a gap in my records from then until she was in the ownership of the Roberts family in the 1980s, by which time she had a folkboat cabin and a cut-down rig.

She became pretty well derelict and eventually she passed to the Balvicar boatyard, where she lay for many years, while they started work on the more serious problems.

Salvation arrived when she was bought in 2001 by Paddy Shaw of Taynuilt who restored her in the space of one heroic winter, working in a disused farm shed with one end open to the elements. She is now based in Loch Etive, which is her base for Paddy's numerous adventures in her.

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