(ex Magellan Cloud, Water Wraith II)

Rose of Arden Design : Published 1938 


Watermaiden, built to Harrison Butler's Rose of Arden design

Capable Classic Yacht in Shipwright Hands
Watermaiden has been laid up ashore for a few years awaiting a white knight to buy her and get her afloat once more. In February 2018 shipwright Martin 'Stan' Stanfield stepped forward to take her on. Stan is well known from his days skippering Leader, the 1892 Brixham Trawler, upon which members of the public can book a sailing holiday.
For many years Watermaiden was associated with Geoff Taylor who repeatedly cross the Atlantic Ocean in her. She was built in 1939 by the Mashford Brothers at their Cremyll Shipyard in Plymouth. At the same time they built the smaller yacht Felicity Ann, also famous for Atlantic Crossing; the first by a woman, Ann Davison, in 1953.

The Mashford boatyard

Originally called Water Wraith II, she became Magellan Cloud in 1958, and Watermaiden in 1964.

Watermaiden Statistics
Built : 1939 at Mashford Bros, River Tamar, Cornwall.
LOA : 30'
LWL : 24' 0"
Beam : 8' 6"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 8 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 165890, Plymouth

Watermaiden Custodians & Home Ports
Martin 'Stan' Stanfield (2018-2019...) Tamar, Plymouth, England
Richard Rance (2015-2018) Tamar, Plymouth, England
Geoffrey Taylor (1978 - 2015) Plymouth, England
Lesley L Gooch (1964-1977) Hamble; Fowey, England
Dr JW Doupe (1958-1963) Plymouth, England
John Panton (?-1954-1957) Plymouth, England
CF King (1950-1952-?) Plymouth, England
C John H Wollen (?-1947-1949) Plymouth, England
Philip Pike (1939-?)

Watermaiden Links
Watermaiden featured in Classic Boat, November 1999, page 24
A Cruise Home, HBA Journal, Spring 2015 
Watermaiden For Sale (December 2017)
When The Engine Fails, Crusing Yachts, Spring 2017 

Page last updated : July 2019


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