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Paul Pless
01-23-2014, 05:54 AM
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6003/5955197642_9cbc4a6515_b.jpg

BrianY
01-23-2014, 10:04 AM
Nice...what's the big "N' on the sail for?

Andrew Craig-Bennett
01-23-2014, 10:05 AM
NEWPORT

She's a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, more correctly a "pilot skiff"

In fact, iirc, she is the biggest one.

The cutters carried the letter of their home port in their mainsail and also in their working staysail (she's setting a tow foresail in the pic) so that ships bound to that port would know to hail them for a pilot. The skiff would then heave to and the apprentice would scull the Pilot over to the boarding ladder in the punt (West country term for the 13ft or so heavy clinker rowing boat carried on deck)

Bristol itself, including Avonmouth, had no letter on the mainsail; Newport was N, Cardiff and Barry were: Cf & By. PT was Port Talbot. S - was Swansea but Swansea pilots did not use cutters as pilot skiffs; for reasons that nobody knows, Swansea pilots used schooners! This all came to a stop when the pilot service was amalgamated in the early 1920's and the sailing skiffs were sold to yachtsmen. They made ideal yachts for those who could afford them as they didn't need any "conversion"

Osborne Russell
01-23-2014, 12:14 PM
Beautiful !

Paul Pless
01-23-2014, 07:00 PM
Swansea pilots used schooners!

Practical.yup :D

Peerie Maa
01-23-2014, 07:27 PM
Swansea pilots did not use cutters as pilot skiffs; for reasons that nobody knows, Swansea pilots used schooners!




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A Swansea pilot boat
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Note the full width open hatches, effectively these were half decked. Perhaps more shallops than schooners. The shallop rig was in use all over the Irish sea, which may explain why the Swansea pilots liked the rig.

Paul Pless
01-23-2014, 07:32 PM
have you seen reuel parker's glued lap interpretation of the swansea pilot schooners?

http://www.parker-marine.com/GLANCE&SYLVIA.jpg

http://www.parker-marine.com/PIL28.jpg

Peerie Maa
01-23-2014, 07:50 PM
have you seen reuel parker's glued lap interpretation of the swansea pilot schooners?

http://www.parker-marine.com/GLANCE&SYLVIA.jpg

http://www.parker-marine.com/PIL28.jpg

The earlier small Swansea boats were transom sterned with an out side rudder. The later, much larger boats carried a flush deck and counter. Parker would have given his customers more boat per boat if he stayed with the transom stern.

Gerarddm
01-23-2014, 08:26 PM
Love those huge letters on sails.