Alfred Mylne the First
David Gray of Ace Marine has written a nice letter to intheboatshed.net:
‘I have had a look at your website and it looks terrific. I thought it might be appropriate to let you know about the business of A Mylne & Co, the oldest yacht design business in the world that has never ceased production. We took it over last April, and have launched a website at www.mylne.com.
We are anxious to contact owners of any Mylne-designed yacht.
We are also digitising the entire archive of 10000 drawings and over 400 designs such that they can be readily searched and accessed by enthusiasts for restoration or new build.
‘Best regards and happy new year for 2008
So there it is. If you have a Mylne yacht, you know what to do. If you don’t, just go and look – there are some very elegant craft to be seen in the gallery. I should add that the new Mylne team includes Ian Nicolson, no less.
To whet your appetite, here’s a quote from the History section of the Mylne site:
‘Alfred Mylne the First was apprenticed to the famous Scottish shipbuilders, Napier, Shanks & Bell, and later worked as draftsman to G L Watson, where he drafted the plans of the Royal Yacht Britannia the racing cutter first owned by the Prince of Wales [later King Edward VII] which passed to his son, King George V.
‘Mylne set up his own office in 1896, which almost certainly makes his ongoing firm the world’s oldest yacht design firm in continuous production. He immediately established a reputation as a designer of winning yachts…’
Well worth reading, I think you’ll agree. David has promised some more photos after the Excel Boat Show in a couple of weeks, and I’m certainly looking forward to them!
Click here for some striking images of the Royal Yacht Britannia.
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