I was chuffed to read this story on the Classic Sailor website. I greatly enjoyed Ann Davison’s book My Ship is so Small about crossing the Atlantic solo in a 23ft boat some years ago, and it still sits on a shelf above my computer.
Dating as it does from the mid 1950s, it’s the sort of thing you might still find in the sailing section of a good second-hand bookstore.
Felicity Ann sails again
Nina Plumbe has written to appeal for information about any mark II airborne lifeboats that may be in existence. If you have any information, please write to me at email@example.com and I’ll pass the message on.
Here’s what she says:
‘We are about to start a huge restore on an airborne lifeboat mark II, which is 30ft long. While we are aware of several mark Is (24ft long) we cannot find a single mark II.
‘The photos sho how she looked in the 1960s and how she is today.
‘Is ours the only one surviving? We know that they were built in a boatyard in Wales as well as in a boatyard at Potter Heigham on the Norfolk Broads.
‘Thanks for your help, Nina Plumbe’
Nina and her friends are setting up a trust to care for the airborne lifeboat.
My pal Shawn Payment repairs and refurbishes a simple old Blue Jay dinghy.