Certificate no 2697
Status Archived
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Details

Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location NONE
Vessel type Loch Fyne Skiff
Archive reason Disposed
Current use Unknown
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No

Construction

Builder Fyfe, John, Port of Bannatyne
Built in 1925
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker

Dimensions

Length: Overall
36.00 feet (10.97 m)
Breadth: Beam
10.00 feet (3.05 m)
Depth
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Tonnage: Gross
11.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

CRAIGNAIR was a Loch Fyne Skiff of carvel pitch pine construction built by John Fyfe at Port Bannatyne, Loch Fyne, in 1925. She was built as a yacht of pitch pine on oak with an iron ballast keel. Being double-ended she had a wing-engine installation of 15BHP, later replaced by a BMC diesel.

The original owner was William Nesbit Newall of Dalbeattie. She was later owned by Roger Fothergill, a well known yachtsman in the Solent area in the 1960s. A Yachting Monthly magazine article recounts her trip to the Azores which was made after he threw the 'useless' engine over the side. He later sailed her to the Caribbean, an area he spent much of his later life sailing around in a variety of vessels. Roger Fothergill was the last owner of Arthur Ransom's Swallow and, after selling CRAIGNAIR, went on to own Claud Worth's TERN IV. In the early 1970s, she was owned by Joe Vykopal, an ex-pat American and architect, and moored by Tower Bridge. His young family used CRAIGNAIR to explore London and planned to take her to Europe, but boat life was not compatible with a young family, so the boat was sold in 1973. 

CRAIGNAIR came off the British Register at some point due to an overseas buyer and was altered, unsuccessfully, to a cutter. Later, stripped of all her interior, she soldiered on for a few more years until she was rammed by a wayward coaster whilst laying on the scrubbing posts, some time in the 1980s. Steady decline has followed and, after surviving storm, collision, a fall, neglect and vandalism, she still survives.

On the 29th April 2019 she was broken up.

Key dates

  • 1925

    Built by John Fyfe at Port Bannatyne, Loch Fyne

  • 1960s

    Sailed to the Azores and the Caribbean under the ownership of Roger Fothergill

  • April 2019

    The vessel was broken up

  • Early 1970s -1973

    Owned by Joe Vykopal, an ex-pat American and architect, and moored by Tower Bridge. His young family used CRAIGNAIR to explore London and planned to take her to Europe, but boat life was not compatible with a young family, so the boat was sold in 1973. 

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