(ex Ailie II)

An Invited Friend of the Harrison Butler Association 
The boat built in 1934 to a design by Albert Strange and C McLean Gibson



Ailie : Clyde Canoe Club One Design
Ailie featured in the June 2018 Albert Strange Association Newsletter along with a request for a picture of her. There are bits of information about her scattered about; In John Leather's book about Albert Strange she is mentioned as a sister ship to Mingulay built in the same year and at the same yard. Interestingly, Lloyd's list her as a Clyde Canoe Club One Design which begs the question, "Were more built ?"; I believe two where, Minna and Morag, later renamed Mingulay. A possible but, I suspect, unlikely third is Alethea,.
Ailie is one of the boats in the online OGA boat archive but with no photograph - However, I found a couple of pictures of her on the internet, reproduced here.

Ailie in 1954
Ailie, Loch Long, Summer 1954

Peter Bell writes; "Ailie: a little 5 ton Clyde Canoe Club yawl. Pretty as a picture, she was engineless, with a centre-board, and sitting headroom only below. The jib was fitted with a bronze Wykeham-Martin furling gear, and the mizzen sheet led through a block on the elegantly curved bumkin. She was kept at Blairmore on the Clyde by my father, Joseph Jackson Bell, OBE, JP, mainly because he had an interest in D. H. Munro & Sons, the boatyard at Gairlette. He owned her between 1950 and 1954.".
Launched as Ailie II by 1938 she was simply Ailie.

Ailie Statistics
Built : 1934 by J Skivington at Partick, Glasgow, Scotland
LOA : 25' 0"
LWL : 22' 0"
Beam : 7' 8"
Draught : 2' 6"
Design N° --- of 1904 (?)
Displacement : 5 tons TM
OGA : Boat N° 142

Ailie Custodians & Home Ports 
*Changed owner in 2008*
Peter R Hutchings (?-1972-?) Fleetwood, Lancashire, England
John A Bergenfield (?-1970-?) Clyde, Scotland
Cdr J Petrie OBE DSC VRD (?-1963-1964-?) Gourock, Upper Firth of Clyde, Scotland
Duncan Ferguson (?-1938-?) Gourock, Upper Firth of Clyde, Scotland

Ailie Links
Document from the Clyde Cruising Club
Ailie on the OGA website

Page last updated : August 2018


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