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Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter
Cariad’s hull, deck and rig have been restored as close as possible to her pilot cutter days; below, the accommodation is how Frank Carr illustrated it in "A Yachtsman's Log", with a few modifications. Her hull is painted black, and she bears the Cardiff pilot mark on her sails. "Cariad and Mascotte are the oldest pilot boats listed in the National Historic Ships register, so restoration work on her has always been undertaken with as much sensitivity as possible to the old lady's feelings," Ken Briggs, Cariad’s owner.
Years ashore and open to the elements took a grave toll. She had completely dried out and most of her fittings were missing. Restoration work that had been done, including deck beams, deck, dog house and skylight, needed replacing.
Restored at Portishead in 2006
Keel and Frames
In July 1997 Ken Briggs moved Cariad from Exeter Maritime Museum which by then had closed because of financial problems to a barn near his home in the Welsh Marches, and work began on her keel and frame.
Hull and Deck
In August 1999 the boat was taken from Mid-
Cariad’s hull, deck and rig have been restored as close as possible to her pilot cutter days; below, the accommodation is how Frank Carr illustrated it in "A Yachtsman's Log", with a few modifications.
Back afloat at Last
Cariad left Bristol Deep's shed on the quay in Portishead and was hoisted the few yards to the quay side in June 2006.