The cup from 1935
Water-Wraith : The 1913 built yacht that gave Watermaiden her name.
Scott Burke has been in touch following a purchase at a thrift shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He's picked up a small silver sailing trophy dated 1935 which reads, “Minima Yacht Club - Cruiser Class - Waterwraith. 3rd Prize. Owned by Mr P Pike 1935”. The hallmark is George Nathan and Richard Haynes of Nathan & Hayes of Birmingham. The London based Minima Yacht Club is still going and Scott has emailed them to see if any record of the boat still exists there.
All of this is of interest to the HBA because in 1939 Mr Pike purchased a newly built Harrison Butler designed yacht in Plymouth, England, which he called Water Wraith II. This boat is very well known to the Association, but under the name she aquired in 1964, Watermaiden.
Upon further investigation, Water-Wraith was located in the Lloyd's Registers. Built in 1913, I've managed to trace her up until 1978. Whether she still exists is open to speculation, with an unconfirmed suggestion she was still around in 2018.
Water-Wraith's entry in The Lloyd's Register for 1935
Built : 1913 by WE Thomas in Falmouth, Cornwall, England
LOA : 26' 0"
LWL : 22' 0"
Beam : 8' 1"
Draught : 5' 0"
Displacement : 5 tons TM
Sail N° : 2648 Y
MMSI : 235030877 (unconfirmed)
Call Sign : ZNSR8 (unconfirmed)
Lloyd's Register : N° 149966
OGA Boat : N° 2486
Water-Wraith Custodians & Home Ports
JK Burrows (?-2018-?) (unconfirmed)
RG Beavis, DE Hawkins & DH Rogers (?-1975-1978-?) Southampton, England
JW Green (?-1966-1972-?) Hamble, England
Anonymous Owner (1962-1964-?) Poole, Dorset, England
FH Bennett (1948-1961) Salcombe, Devon, England
AL & RE Fraser (?-1946-1947) London, England
Philip Pike (1935-1939-?) London, England
LCD Ryder (1932-1934) London, England
JH Phillips (?-1931) London, England
• None Found (July 2021)
Page last updated : July 2021