More old photos of Scoter

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Doug Grierson has sent in some more old photographs that will no doubt delight the large numbers of people who have been following the Scoter story. Thanks Doug!

For more on this famous old bawley-derived yacht that was so admired by Maurice Griffiths and which passed through a long line of owners including artist Colin Grierson and son Doug, click here.

The first image is from a postcard sent by an earlier owner of Scoter to a recipient in Essex in 1907; Doug doesn’t know how or when it was passed to his mother.

The two photos of Scoter from 1994-5 at Woodbridge and Maldon show later coach roof and original windlass and circular fore-hatch; the final item is a scanned image of a water-colour by Colin Grierson dated 1932 showing the rig she had when he bought her in late 1930.


5 thoughts on “More old photos of Scoter”

  1. David Patient asked me if it would be possible to obtain a copy of the 1907 photo of Scoter, as he would like to include it in his forthcoming book about Howard, who built Scoter.

    He also said that he did not understand why the painting represents the yacht for the 1930's in bawley rig when she was originally so rigged but boom rigged in the photo of 1907 ? Does this mean the painting is of the yacht as she originally appeared as he doubts that she was twice bawley rigged.

    However, I think that on closer inspection of the painting, she is in fact boomed out, from a low point on the mast.

    Let me know about the 1907 photo please.


  2. I have only seen this request today in early August. I have a scanned A4 copy of the postcard – I think my sister (Sheila Gray) has the original still. One of us can send you a copy – or Gavin can pass on the copy I sent him if the quality is adequate.

    The 1907 photo and the 1932 painting pre-date me by quite a few years – but in both, 'Scoter' has a long boom which overhangs the transom. In the painting, the main is 'triced up' – a quick way of reducing sail rather than reefing. Knowing my father's attention to detail in his paintings, I am confident it shows 'Scoter' as she was in his first or second season of sailing her in the early 1930's.

    The source of the 1907 picture is not known (apart from the fact that its was sent by the then proud owner to one of his friends in Kirby le Soken) – but it is a fascinating addition to the history.

  3. Doug,

    Welcome back from for your travels. You may be pleased to know that the Idle Duck is back in/on the water, pics to follow. Taking up is such a hard thing to do, well watch, as it cascaded down the inside and started to fill up around the engine. We had to try a few tricks and a fire pump, and finally put her in on Sat 17th July, at 4.30AM!!. She is fine now, including th eproblem centre board casing.

    If you or Gavin email me a jpg of the 1907 photo, I will forward it to David Patient, or you can do it direct. I will send his email address to you.

    When you are up this way, please call by at Alan Staley's yard at Faversham, where ID will stay for the winter.


  4. I would love to hear of an update about Scoter. Very interested in the painting & how the sail is triced up; I own MG’s old bawley yacht Storm, and want to be able to trice the sail in a similar fashion. Strange really, Scoter influenced MG, and 90 years on Scoter could still be influencing Storm!

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