View Full Version : Al Malika... ala Shirleys duo posting re McGruer yard and 1933 sloop

Wild Dingo
05-17-2002, 08:52 PM
After Shirleys twofold request for help for a friend in restoring this lady... she sent me a couple of photos of her... the boat not her goodself! smile.gif ... so Ive done the imagestation thing and here be Al Malika... what say ye?!

As she was...



And sadly as she be today...


What say ye a worthy lady for restoration?
Take it easy

[ 05-17-2002, 11:40 PM: Message edited by: Wild Dingo ]

shirley watkins
05-19-2002, 01:08 PM
Thanks for posting these images - your help is greatly appreciated.

Shirley Watkins

Wild Dingo
05-19-2002, 01:28 PM
Aye an ye be welcome me fellow shipmate aboard this ere good ship woodenboat...

Aye and for all ye other swabs and swabettes there be a website for the McGruer yard... this be found on this ere world wide webby thingymabob by the lovely swabbette Shirley so go have ye a gander around


Aye and there be words a wisdom aplenty in that thar site me mateys...

“The Northward”
Written by Cecil Day Lewis for the Yacht "Northward" Built by McGruer Brothers in 1930

Under a hillside by sunny Gareloch,
Scaring the cormorant off his wave perch, floated
Forth on the Springtime into my element.
I, the yacht Northward.

Seven brothers built my body of Oak and Elm,
Woke in the dumb wood a spirit of seafaring,
Hoisted the spruce tree to command a new world
Silent of bird voice.

None is so beautiful, whether undaunted,
Flaunt I my colours close to the wild wind’s eye,
Or cleaving calm seas, gold on my spinnaker,
Dream down the evening.

Men say, who sight me naked on the pure sky,
Surely such craft once carried in his flame-spur
Pall, a dead Viking past the horizon
Into Valhalla.

Lands’ End to Lewis I know, but I love best
My Western Islands where the rain purrs on
Blue profound anchorage, where the moon climbs
Over the Coolins.

When you are done with me, let met still be happy,
Wrap my ribs deep in tides Hebridean;
And for a riding light, clear above me,
Set the Aurora.

By Cecil Day Lewis

Aye an aint it grand?... a wee dram a tha highlan Scots broth fer ye

Take ye easy eh ;)

05-19-2002, 04:39 PM
Looks worthy to me!!! Thanks. There will clearly be some interesting decisions and plenty of work ahead.

05-19-2002, 05:13 PM
From 6,000 miles away it doesn't look so bad, what's it smell like?