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Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter
In 1930 Carr lost his sailing partner but found another one in Colonel Drysdale Smith.
There was an early season cruise to the Channel Islands. Carr then had the chance
to charter Cariad for a month, with one paid hand, to a Mr Cook. It was something
he later regretted, for at the end of the charter Cook wrote to Carr to boast that
while a gale had scrubbed racing at Cowes, and the Little Ship Club yachts were sheltering
in Ostend, he had sailed Cariad from the Continent to Harwich without a reef in.
There was damage, which shocked Carr. An insurance claim was made and a surveyor
engaged. Cook was accused by the surveyor of "over-
That August took Cariad to Copenhagen through the Kiel Canal, with Drysdale Smith,
Peter Courtauld (brother of Augustine) and a paid hand. At Flensburg the sociability
of the crew was heightened by the arrival of three female members: Mrs Peterstrong,
Miss "Bill" Thomas and Miss Kathleen Grey. To celebrate their arrival, but superficially
in honour of Smith's birthday, a seven-
Over the winter of 1930-
Then Carr's life, though not his sailing life, changed when he met Ruth, marrying in July 1932. Ruth's first trip in Cariad was early that season, from Harwich to West Mersea. It is a trip that Carr says she enjoys, and he claims that she turns out to be one of the very few people who can cook a meal at sea and then enjoy the eating of it. A Whitsun trip to Holland followed, and after their marriage a honeymoon voyage took them back to Holland before returning to Harwich on August 10th.
The Last Working Cutter Part 2 by Tim Pratt
There followed a passage to Norway, joined by three other crew. From Norway they
sailed to Inverness, where the crew left them; Frank and Ruth took Cariad through
the Caledonian Canal to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, home to Ruth's parents.
They then sailed on to the Isles of Scilly, returning to Pin Mill on September 26th.
Altogether, they had spent 67 days on board since their marriage, sailing 2,350 miles.
It is interesting to note how Carr's glowing reports of Ruth's qualities (including
her happiness to cook) compare to her rather different memories of the voyage, written
up in the spring 1935 issue of the Seagoer, a short-
The 1933 season did not start well. Twice on trips to Holland, the engine was damaged
by the V-
The following year began with a sail to the Humber, but latter Cariad cruised to southern Brittany, including Belle Ile and the Morbihan. At Concarneau on the way back, Carr was particularly interested in the tunny fishing fleet. That winter Cariad was laid up at Fowey.
The big voyage of 1935 was a late-
After 1935, less information about Cariad exists. No log appears to have survived
from 1936 onwards. There is in the Carr papers a list of fitting-
After that, Cariad was fitted out only once in the dozen years to 1952-