Dorothea *

Khamseen Design : Published 1931 


Sea Gypsy by Peter Tangvald

A Salty Sea Story from a Salty Sea Man
Dorothea is the Harrison Butler boat that features in Peter Tangvald's book Sea Gypsy, published in 1966. The image above is a scan of the dust jacket, kindly sent to me by David Watson, who claims a * for supplying the image and information about Dorothea. The book tells the story of a five year voyage around the world in the early 1960s. The book is available on-line to buy second-hand, typically costing £40.
Alas, Dorothea subsequently sank after a night encounter with a floating object. An account of the sinking was published in Yachting World, September 1967. The accound has since appeared in various books, for example, 'Total Loss', a collection of articles on the theme of losses at sea. It's also reprinted in the book 'Sunk Without Trace', available for a few pence on Amazon. I've asked Yachting World if they will give the Association permission to publish the article on this website.

# Fascinating Facts
# Dorothea cost £1101 14s 7d to build
# Fascinating Facts

Dorothea Statistics
Built : 1934 by Anderson, Rigden & Perkins, Whitstable, Kent
LOA : 31' 4"
LWL : 28' 0"
Beam : 9' 10"
Draught : 6' 0"
Displacement : 11 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 161798, Faversham
Signal Letters : MMTW

Dorothea Custodians & Home Ports
Peter Tangvald (1960 - 1967, Last Owner)
Raymond BA Taylor (?-1959) Birdham
H Roland Segar (?-1947-1955-?) Faversham
Laurence HF Irving (1934 -1937-?) Faversham

Dorothea Links
A brief review of Sea Gypsy

Page last updated : July 2016


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