Russia Design : Published 1917 


Freiga in Salcombe after being relaunched, 2014

The Yacht is Back
Jon Davis attended the October 2015 HBA Laying Up Supper at Gins, Southampton, with the exciting news that Freiga is back in commission after the installation of a new deck and other works. Freiga's story is quite extraordinary not least because during the second World War a bomb destroyed the boatyard in which she was being built, although she remained standing amidst the destruction. For many years she was the yacht with no name, being simply called The Yacht. Follow the link below to read John Cove's account of her early history, and for some further early photographs.
On the HBA's FaceBook page Jon's son has posted several up-to-date pictures of Freiga sailing. It's terrific news that she's still going strong because she is the only known example built to Harrison Butler's Russia design.

Jon, 2015
Jon Davis at the recent HBA Laying up Supper, October 2015

Freiga Statistics
Built : 1929 by Edgar Cove, completed 1952 by JW&A Upham, Brixham.
LOA : 27' 0"
LWL : 23' 0"
Beam : 7' 3"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 5 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 184052, Brixham

Freiga Custodians & Home Ports
Jon Davis (?-2015-2016...) Salcombe
Name withheld (1963-?) Poole
PR Hornidge (1961-1962) Poole
HC Pantlin (1959-1960) Brixham
Earl of Orkney (1955-1958) Brixham
JV Knowles (?-1954) Brixham

Freiga Links
Freiga's early history by John Cove

Page last updated : February 2016


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