The Only Cutter by Albert Strange
Ariel, based in Shotley Marina, is a familiar sight on the waters around Harwich. As the above recent photograph suggests, she can move at a brisk pace. An excellent book about one of her early adventures was published in 1933; Little Ship Wanderings describes an engineless voyage across the Bay of Biscay to Spain and back. Second hand copies are available on Amazon, but cost around £50.
I've managed to identify some of her earliest owners using the Lloyd's Registers, but she drops off that publication from 1961 onwards. I'd love to know more about Ariel, so if any reader can tell me more, please get in touch .
Built : 1925 by Anderson, Rigden and Perkins, Whitstable
LOA : 25' 9"
LWL : 22' 9"
Beam : 8' 3"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 6 tons TM
Small Ships Registry : N° SSR132068
OGA Boat Number :
Design : N° 112 (Derived from Cherub III transom version, with altered rig & draft)
Ariel Custodians & Home Ports
Andrew Cocker (2007-2017...) Shotley Marina, England
Peter and Jim Maynard (?-1998-?)
BW Robinson (1952-1960-?) West Mersea
WE Hunt (1950-1951) Bosham
Martin H Tomlins (?-1939-1949) Bosham
Count J de Kerdrel (?-1936-1937-?) Southampton
JB Kirkpatrick (1925-1934-?) Maldon
Page last updated : October 2017