The Frolic has been under cover in a field on an island NW of Bergen in Norway since 2006. She was brought there for repair – a total rebuild is likely – by Tjark Nieuweling, but is now in danger of being cut up since the boat has to be removed by 31st January 2019.
On the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters Owners Association page online the Frolic is described thus: “Frolic was built for Pilot Alf Edwards of Cardiff. After amalgamation she was converted to a yacht and subsequently when in the ownership of N.A. and J.S Bacon in the early 1930s and under Major Crosthwaite-Eyre in the later 1930s achieved considerable racing success. Most memorably she won, on-handicap, the Bristol Channel Race of 1936 when helmed by the venerable Frank Trott, the retired Bristol Channel Pilot. In 1952 she was bought by Peter Stubbs who restored her, converting her to schooner rig to be more manageable with his family. In the late 1970s she was sold to her present owner and has remained in Norway since then and is currently undergoing restoration.”
It seems though that time has run out for the cutter and she is in danger of being cut up or destroyed if she cannot be moved on by the end of January. Bristol Channel Pilot specialist boatbuilder John Raymond Barker says the job looks likely to be a complete rebuild, which would cost an estimated £400,000 to have done professionally. “It’s a pity she couldn’t have been sunk somewhere she could be preserved at least until someone with the wherewithal to rebuild her came along – at least that would preserve her,” he told Classic Sailor.
A friend of Tjark, Atle Sundal, has said anone interested in the vessel can contact him directly. She would go free to the right person. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org