Wooden Ships Comments

Believed to have been built around 1900 on Lake Windermere as a Solway Class sailing dinghy and has been in the same family ownership since 1943.  Before that she was owned by someone from nearby Ambleside and was a common sight on the lake for many years.

She was a regular competitor in the lake dinghy racing events and we have articles and photos documenting her numerous wins with the present family owners.  Her speed perhaps could be attributed to her lightweight construction as she has been built almost entirely from close grain top quality lightweight Spruce.  2 people can lift the bare hull.

Sadly the boat is now looking for a new home and will require a refit before going sailing again.  The hull looks basically sound and the rig is complete, however she will need stripping back to bare wood entirely, new running and standing rigging, and perhaps new sails to replace the delightful but aged cotton set she currently has.

She is a pretty and well built dinghy with a very nice and well documented history, and although she has long standing ties to Lake Windermere she will be happy to continue her sailing days elsewhere in the world with a deserving new owner.

Length Overall                   15′



Clinker planked in Spruce, all copper rivet fastened to small steam bent oak timbers.  Spruce transom.

Spruce gunnel and rubbing strake, fastened through with larger copper rivets

Varnished spruce thwarts with oak knees supported on a single stringer stretching the full length of the boat

Centreboard case with a galvanised plate raised and lowered with a block and tackle.

Long mast step which interestingly has 2 mast positions.  Mast held in a galvanised fitting on the forward thwart




A delicate and very nicely built gunter rig with all varnished spruce spars.

The gunter yard runs up a bronze track on the mast with fittings that we have rarely seen.

Mainsheet makes off to a galvanised horse across the transom.

Jib hanks on to the stem head forestay with a very neat galvanised stem head fitting that incorporates a mini yet effective bow roller for the anchor warp.

Jib sheets run through delightful bronze fairleads on the inside of the gunnels and make off on small bronze cleats near the helmsman.

Rigging not present but thought to have been galavised wire with lanyards to tension it.  Small external galvanised chain plates

Original cotton sails.



Mast, yard and boom

Mainsail and jib

Sole boards

Pair of oars

Galvanised centreplate

Rudder and tiller




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