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Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter
Cariad was built in 1904 by Edwin 'Cracker' Rowles for a Cardiff pilot, Thomas Richards and she was registered at Cardiff on February 9th 1905.
Cariad’s hull, deck and rig have been restored as close as possible to her pilot cutter days, down below is how Frank Carr illustrated it.
Keep up to date with al the latest news from Cariad and her crew with her blog. Where is Cariad in 2010?
One of the oldest pilot boats listed in the National Historic Ships register.
Cariad (welsh for loved one) was the last working sail-
In 1997 she was rescued by Ken Briggs and underwent restoration in Portishead,
just a few miles from where she was built. Cariad was re-
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Tim Pratt’s history of Cariad from 1904 to 2004, from last pilot cutter to her restoration...>>
Builder: E Rowles, Pill, near Bristol
Build Date: 1904
Length overall: 47 ft (14.33 m)
Beam: 12.75 ft (3.89 m)
Displacement: 30 Tonnes
Draft: 7.50 ft (2.29 m)
Cariad, cruising on the river Exe, date unknown.
Leaving Bristol Harbour Festival with Mascotte, July 2006.
Just launched and in need of more ballast, Portishaed June 2006.