Certificate no 2839
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Plymouth
Vessel type Ketch
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Calicut Shipyard, India
Built in 1928
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 None


Length: Overall
64.00 feet (19.51 m)
Breadth: Beam
18.00 feet (5.49 m)
10.00 feet (3.05 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


TECTONA is a gaff ketch of teak construction with a Baudouin diesel engine and was built by the Calicut Shikpyard in India in 1928. Built as a private yacht, during the Second World War the vessel was involved in Admiralty work and was recommisssioned by Captain Tom Blackwell in 1958, chartered by Alan Villiers in 1962 and became the Plymouth School of Navigation Sail Training Vessel 1964/1980. Later, she was sold to a French owner, and then to a Swiss Charity and was used for sail training based in Barcelona.

In 2007 she was bought by her present owners and continues to be used for sail training.

Key dates

  • 1928

    Built by Calicut Shipyard, India

  • 1939/1945

    Admiralty work, Second World War

  • 1964/80

    Owned by Plymouth University

  • 1980/88

    Private ownership (French)

  • 1988/2007

    Owned by Swiss Charity, based in Barcelona

  • 2007

    Bought by present owners


  • 2020

    Awarded £33,700 from the government's Culture Recovery Fund (2nd round) and the money has been allocated to refit costs, labour  and the CIC overheads for Olga and Tectona.

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