EAST DONYLAND / ROWHEDGE
Often overlooked in yachting histories for not being a glamorous racing cutter Cariad II, owned by Lord Dunraven, had a remarkably successful career winning no fewer than three King's Cups and a German Emperor's Cup between 1905 and 1912, and another King's Cup in 1921. Skippered by Captain Bartholomew Smith of Rowhedge with a crew of mostly Rowhedge men Cariad II deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest yachts of the era.
Capt. Barty Smith
PORTSMOUTH EVENING NEWS - Monday 9 December 1901 - “The Earl of Dunraven, who has not possessed a vessel since he sold the fine ketch Cariad, has (says The Yachtsman) given an order to Messrs. Summers and Payne for a large cruiser, which will be commenced at an early date, from designs by Mr. Arthur E. Payne, the architect of Cariad, L’Esperance, and other yachts which have sailed under the Earl’s flag....”
THE TIMES - Tuesday 19 May 1903 - “Lord Dunraven, after an absence of several years from the sport, will again join the list of yacht-owners. He has had a ketch built by Summers and Payne, Southampton, to the design of Mr. A.E. Payne, and, like his previous vessel of the same rig, she will be known as the Cariad. Her leading dimensions are:- Length overall, 108ft. 9in.; length between perpendiculars, 94ft. 6in.; beam, 19ft.6in.; and draught, 12ft.4in. While she measures 150 tons, the Cariad is fully coppered, and has been built slightly in excess of Lloyd’s requirements.”
THE TIMES - Wednesday 5 August 1903 - The King’s Cup, Cowes, 4 August, Cariad placed fourth, Meteor winner.
ESSEX COUNTY TELEGRAPH – Saturday 21 May 1904 - “EAST DONYLAND - YACHTING This week has witnessed the departure of a good number of yachts from this station. Those that have left for their summer cruises are…. May Queen, Capt. James Simons, jun…. and Captain B. Smith for Southampton to join Lord Dunraven’s yacht Cariad. She carries a crew of 14 to 16 hands, nearly all inhabitants of Rowhedge.”
The 1903 crew list for the America’s Cup challenger Shamrock III shows that William Jackson Brown of Fingringhoe and William Pike of Wivenhoe had been members of Cariad’s crew in 1902.
THE TIMES - Monday 20 June 1904 - “The seventh annual race for the Heligoland Cup was started from Dover on Saturday afternoon in weather which gave promise of a fast passage across the North Sea.... As the boats proceeded to the eastward the order, as far as could be seen, was Fiona, Clara, Valdora, Evelyn, Wendur, Ingomar, Brynhild, Vol-au-Vent, Cariad, Nicandra, Charmian, and Alkelda....” Other entrants were Adela, Andree, Gitana, Isola, Glory, Therese and Bona.
THE TIMES - Friday 24 June 1904 - “The official timings of the Dover to Heligoland race were posted to-day. The times of the competing yachts with their respective handicaps added give the following results:-
Valdora, first prize, 38hrs. 23min. 5sec.
Nicandra, second prize, 38hrs. 56min. 21sec.
Wendur, third prize, 38hrs. 56min. 13sec.
Cariad, fourth prize, 39hrs. 21min. 20sec.
Fiona, fifth prize, 39hrs. 37min. 55sec.
Clara, 39hrs. 44min. 28sec.
Adela, 39hrs. 54min. 40sec.
Vol-au-Vent, 40hrs. 6min. 27sec.
Evelyn, 40hrs. 16min. 15sec.
Charmian, 40hrs. 27min. 58sec.
Brynhild, 40hrs. 51min. 45sec.
Ingomar, 43hrs. 1min. 27sec.
THE TIMES - Wednesday 3 August 1904 - Royal Yacht Squadron Regatta, Cowes. The King’s Cup. Brynhild beat Meteor and Glory. Corisande, Cariad, Hermione, Cetonia, Brunhilda gave up.
ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD - Saturday 25 February 1905 - “EAST DONYLAND - YACHTING - The prospects of this industry for this year are brighter than has been the case for some seasons past. Several of the owners have already paid visits of inspection to their yachts to order any improvements, alterations, etc., preparatory to fitting out. Last week end the Earl of Dunraven, K.P., paid a visit to his handsome yacht Cariad, which has been berthed at this station for the first time for the winter. She is now on the slipway at Messrs. Harris Bros., yacht-building yard. His lordship expressed his great satisfaction with the arrangements made for the housing of the vessel. The skipper, Captain Bart. Smith, hopes to commence to prepare for the summer cruise in the course of a few weeks.”
ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD - Saturday 27 May 1905 - “EAST DONYLAND - YACHTING - Lord Dunraven’s fine yacht Cariad went into commission on Friday, May 19. Capt. Bart. Smith will be in command of her crew of 20.”
E.R.O. - East Donyland - Chronicle of Events (probably the Essex Telegraph) - “YACHT RACING, ROWHEDGE CREW WIN THE KING’S CUP - After an exciting race on Tuesday August 8th, the Earl of Dunraven’s yacht Cariad - a boat well known in Colne, and which is captained by B. Smith, of Rowhedge, and manned by a crew of Colne-boys, won the King’s Cup at Cowes, beating Sir Maurice Fitzgerald’s Satanita by the narrowest margin of a minute. The King and Queen, accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Wales and Princess Victoria, witnessed the race from the Royal Yacht Britannia. Six boats started and the Meteor, belonging to the German Emperor, had to allow the other five boats [time] ....” (Satanita, Meteor, Brynhild, Cetonia, Cariad, Sula)
THE TIMES - Wednesday 9 August 1905 - “YACHTING - THE COWES WEEK - THE KING’S CUP - The Royal Yacht Squadron was favoured with fine weather for its opening regatta yesterday. In accordance with the custom of previous years, the programme opened with the race for the King’s Cup, a handicap for yachts belonging to the squadron. Meteor, the German Emperor’s schooner, was scratch boat, and a notable competitor was Sir Maurice Fitzgerald’s yawl Satanita, which won the last cup presented by Queen Victoria. She looked like repeating her success yesterday; she finished 11 min. ahead of Meteor, from whom she was in receipt of 14 min. 6 sec., but just failed to get her time from Lord Dunraven’s ketch Cariad, which thus won His Majesty’s Cup....
HIS MAJESTY’S CUP - A handicap for yachts belonging to the Royal Yacht Squadron. Old Queen’s course, from Cowes, round Bullock Patch buoy, then round Lymington Spit buoy and back.
Meteor, schooner, 412 tons, The German Emperor
Satanita, yawl, 300 tons, Sir M. Fitzgerald
Cetonia, schooner, 295 tons, Lord Iveagh
Brynhild, yawl, 153 tons, Sir James Pender
Cariad, ketch, 153 tons, Lord Dunraven
Sula, yawl, 80 tons, Mr. Crosier Bailey
Meteor allowed Satanita 14min. 6sec., Brynhild 20min. 46sec., Cetonia 36min. 49sec., Cariad 56min. 24sec., and Sula 76min. 46sec.
There was a light breeze coming from the south-west, when the starting gun was fired at 10 o’clock, and all the competing yachts were under way with jackyarders aloft, and as they were going to the eastward first, which was practically before the wind, big jibtopsails were broken out as they stood in for the starting line. Brynhild was first through the line, and then Satanita and Meteor in close company, Cariad next, Cetonia under her lee, and Sula last. Mainbooms were eased off to port, and before passing Old Castle Point, spinnakers were set to starboard. Brynhild was maintaining her position as leader, and Cariad had drawn clear ahead of Cetonia, and the relative positions were the same off Norris Castle as at the start. The schooners had main topmast staysails set, and the yawls mizzen-staysails. They found the wind paltry under the land in Osborne Bay, and there were several calm patches off Ryde, where the scratch boat was leading. Satanita obtained the lead again, and as they gybed round Bullock Patch buoy, they were timed:-
Satanita 12h.16m.5s; Meteor 12h.17m.30s; Cetonia 12h.20m.10; Brynhild 12h.24m.20s; Cariad 12h.25m.2s; Sula 12h.37m.42s
Turning to windward on the return journey Satanita increased her lead, and was over 8 min. ahead as they passed the Castle going westward. The flood tide was slackening as they beat down the west channel. As they rounded the Lymington Spit buoy the order was:- Satanita, Meteor, Brynhild, Cetonia, Cariad, and Sula.
Cariad was 2 min. within her time allowance from Satanita at that mark. Spinnakers were boomed out to starboard for the run home over the ebb tide, which was beginning to gather some strength. The finish was:-
Satanita 4h.31m.33s; Meteor 4h.32m.39s; Brynhild 4h.54m.20s; Cetonia 5h.10m.40s; Cariad (winner) 5h.12m.56s.; Sula carried away her masthead and gave up.”
The Manchester Courier of the same date describes the King’s Cup as “a large and beautiful work of art of immense size.”
THE DEVON AND EXETER GAZETTE - Thursday 10 August 1905 - “Lord and Lady Brassey have arrived at Cowes, on board the Sunbeam; the Earl of Dunraven is there on the Cariad; and Sir James Pender on the Brynhild.”
ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD - Saturday 7 October 1905 - “EAST DONYLAND - RETURN OF THE YACHTS - The Earl of Dunraven’s yacht Cariad returned to her winter quarters on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in charge of her skipper, Capt. Bart. Smith. This yacht was the winner of the King’s Cup at Cowes Regatta this season.
THE TIMES - Monday 5 August 1907 - “YACHTING - The German Emperor’s prizes will be competed for on Wednesday, and, as usual, this race will attract one of the biggest numbers of starters of the season. It is open to all yachts of 40 tons and upwards which have not started in class races during this or the previous season. No paid hands are to be carried beyond the ordinary crew of the vessel with the exception of a pilot. The Emperor’s Cup will go to the first vessel arriving within her time, the second prize to go to the next vessel by time of another rig, and the third prize to go to the third vessel within her time irrespective of rig....”
THE TIMES - Wednesday 7 August 1907 - “YACHTING - COWES WEEK - ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON - The Royal Yacht Squadron regatta opened yesterday in fine weather and there was a grand breeze from the south-west which held true all day, with the result that all the races were sailed in fairly fast times. The first event on the programme was the race for his Majesty’s Cup, for which there were five entries, including the new Brynhild, which was scratch boat in the handicap. There was too much weight in the wind for any of the competitors to set full canvas. The vessels in the principal race all hoisted full mainsails, but only two had any top canvas at all, although all set jibheaders when off the wind....
Handicap for yachts belonging to the Royal Yacht Squadron, Prize, his Majesty’s Cup. Course, from off Cowes to Lymington Spit buoy, then to the Bullock Patch buoy, and back to Cowes; both marks to be left on the starboard hand.
Meteor, schooner, 412 tons, The German Emperor
Cetonia, schooner, 295 tons, Lord Iveagh
Cariad, ketch, 153 tons, Lord Dunraven
Laverock, yawl, 59 tons, Mr. C.T. Bruce
Brynhild, cutter, 184 tons, Sir James Pender
Brynhild allowed Meteor 7min. 45sec.; Cetonia, 18min. 36sec.; Cariad, 54min. 14sec.; Laverock, 74min. 24sec. Start at 10 o’clock.
There was a fresh breeze blowing from almost due south-west when the starting gun was fired, and none of the competitors set their full canvas. All had full mainsails, and Cariad had a small jackyarder, while Cetonia had a jibheader aloft. The others had bare topmasts. Brynhild was first across the line, Cetonia being next, then Laverock, Cariad and Meteor, two minutes astern, last. Brynhild was the only competitor that made a really good start. She went streaking away down the West Channel at a rare pace, and soon established a long lead.... Gybing round the Lymington Spit they were timed:- Brynhild, 10h.51m.45s.; Meteor, 10h.58m.55s.; Cariad, 10h.59m.19s.; Cetonia, 11h.0m.52s.; Laverock, 11h.10m.35s.... Cariad and Laverock gave up.... the finish in a hard wind was:- Meteor (winner) 2h.25m.49s; Brynhild 2h.35m.15s; Cetonia 2h.41m.30s.”
THE TIMES - Thursday 8 August 1907 - “YACHTING - COWES WEEK - ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON - The principal race on the Squadron’s programme yesterday was the handicap for the Emperor’s Cup. There are special conditions governing this contest, one of which is that no yacht is eligible to compete which may have taken part in a class race during either this or last season.... Clara did start, but it was noticed that as she finished she did not receive a gun. She was out of her time for a prize ultimately, but at the time that she finished she was first boat, having saved her time from Susanne, which had received the first gun. Cariad was an easy winner, and Carina took the second prize. The finish between L’Esperance and Creole on time for the third prize was very close.... HANDICAP for yachts of 40 tons and upwards, Thames measurement. First prize, the Emperor’s Cup, with second and third prizes presented by the German Emperor. Old Queen’s course from Cowes round the Lymington Spit buoy; then to the Bullock buoy and back.
Cetonia, schooner, 295 tons, Lord Iveagh
Susanne, schooner, 154 tons, Herr O. Huldschinsky
Betty, yawl, 92 tons, Mr. L.H. Benn
Cariad, ketch, 153 tons, Lord Dunraven
Camellia, cutter, 45 tons, Mr. G.N.E. Hall-Say
Creole, cutter, 54 tons, Col. V. Bagot
Clara, schooner, 185 tons, Herr Max von Guilleaume
Carina, cutter, 69 tons, Mr. A.L. Pearse
Rozel, yawl, 41 tons, Capt. R. Sloane Stanley
Adela, schooner, 224 tons, Mr. Claud T. Cayley (did not start)
L’Esperance, yawl, 76 tons, Mr. E.W. Ingleby
Cetonia allowed Susanne 7min. 35sec.; Clara 15m. 40s.; Carina 24m. 38s.; Creole 32m. 33s.; Betty 35m. 39s.; Camellia 40m. 18s.; L’Esperance 41m. 50s.; Cariad 48m. 3s.; Rozel 57m. 21s. Start at 10 o’clock.
When the starting gun was fired there was a fresh breeze from almost due west, and nearly all of the competitors were under way with reduced canvas. Only the bigger vessels ventured on setting their full mainsails. Susanne, Carina, and Creole had single reefs down, the first named having no topsail. At the start Camellia had a full mainsail, but set no topsail. The others had full mainsails, with jibheaders aloft. Susanne made a good start, and led the fleet across the line. L’Esperance was next, with Creole well placed on her weather. Camellia and Carina were next, then Clara, Cetonia, Cariad, and Rozel. Susanne went away fast from her opponents on the beat to the Lymington Buoy. There was plenty of broken water down in the west channel, and they had a dusting in the turn to windward. They ran up again with spinnakers set to port, and going through Cowes roads they were timed:-
Susanne 11h.54m.2s.; Clara 11h.59m.30s.; Cariad 12h.4m.1s.; L’Esperance 12h.8m.15s.; Cetonia 11h.59m.0s.; Carina 12h.2m.50s.; Creole 12h.6m.20s.; Rozel 12h.50m.1s.
The breeze was softening somewhat and had a little more south in it, so that when they were off Old Castle Point spinnakers were lowered. Susanne maintained her lead, and rounding the lee mark they were timed:-
Cariad was keeping well within her time. They had a close haul back, and some made a board after opening the point. The finish was:-
Cariad (winner) 3h.59m.25s.
Carina (second prize) 4h.0m.3s.
Creole (third prize) 4h.9m.31s.
Rozel was not timed. Camellia gave up.”
THE TIMES - Friday 9 August 1907 - “YACHTING - COWES WEEK - ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON - There was considerable weight in the south-westerly breeze which was blowing in the Solent yesterday, when the big prize was that given by the town of Cowes for a handicap for yachts over 100 tons, Thames measurement. For many years this prize took the form of a cup, but more recently it has become the custom to give the prizes in money..... Cariad won her second prize of the week in the big race of the day. She seemed to revel in the hard blow, and made the best weather of any, although it was not a dry journey for the rest. There was quite a big sea down the west channel. In the circumstances no doubt all the competitors were pleased that the courses were short - that is, instead of one long round for the big vessels they were sent on two rounds of a shorter course.... HANDICAP for yachts of 100 tons, Thames measurement. Town Prize:- first prize, £70; second prize, £20; third prize, £10. Queen’s course from Cowes round the Warner lightship; then to the East Lepe Buoy and back, Twice round.
Meteor, schooner, 412 tons, The German Emperor
Susanne, schooner, 154 tons, Herr O. Huldschinsky
Cariad, ketch, 153 tons, Lord Dunraven
Clara, schooner, 185 tons, Herr Max von Guilleaume
Merrymaid, cutter, 107 tons, Mr. James E. Perry
Brynhild, cutter, 194 tons, Sir James Pender
Brynhild allows Meteor 5min. 22sec.; Susanne 15min. 20sec.; Clara 25min. 18sec.; Merrymaid 30min. 40sec.; Cariad 46min. 46sec. Start at 10 o’clock.
The breeze, which had been fresh all the morning, hardened as the time for the starting gun approached. All the competitors were under reduced canvas. Meteor, Susanne, and Brynhild did not start. The start was not a good one, all being very late at the line. Cariad and Merrymaid were manoeuvring for position and reaching in for the line on starboard tack. Cariad had the weather berth, and held on as long as she could. They were two minutes and a half after the gun in crossing the line, Cariad just showing her bowsprit ahead of the cutter as they went through on port, having flung about just before crossing. Clara came reaching down on port, and crossed 15 sec. astern of the others. There was a good deal of south in the wind, and they made long boards in beating to the East Lepe Buoy. Merrymaid worked out a lead, and as they gybed round the weather mark they were timed:-
The tide was running to the westward, but not with any great strength, as they came back with free sheets. Merrymaid and Cariad were beam and beam going through Cowes Roads, Clara close astern, with maintopmast, staysail, and jib topsail set. It was an easy reach all the way to the Warner, and the schooner passed both of her opponents, and was leading as she passed Ryde. Rounding the lee mark, their times were taken:-
Merrymaid 11h.27m.53s (sic).
Sheets were flattened as they came to the westward again, and Merrymaid commenced to close on her rivals. Opening Old Castle Point, they came on the wind, and then the cutter worked into first place. Going through the line their times for the first round were:-
The East Lepe Buoy was rounded in the same order, but coming up the West Channel the schooner once more secured the lead, and was 40sec. ahead of Merrymaid as they passed the Castle. At the Warner their times were taken:-
They had a fair tide for the close haul back, and travelled much faster than on the first round. The finish was:-
Clara (second prize) 2h.46m.25s.
Cariad (winner) 2h.52m.19s.
Cariad on the right - year unknown
THE TIMES - 5 August 1908 - “THE KING AND QUEEN AT COWES.... THE SCENE AT COWES.... The German Ambassador and Lord Dunraven were among those who arrived in motor-launches from their respective yachts.... YACHTS IN THE ROADSTEAD.... The roadstead is packed with yachts of every size and description.... The Prince of Wales’s Corisande, The German Emperor’s Meteor.... Lord Dunraven’s Cariad.... Sir E. Walter Greene’s Agatha....” [a number of Rowhedge men among Agatha’s crew]
THE TIMES - Monday 2 August 1909 - “THE KING AND QUEEN AT COWES - “The King arrived at Cowes for the yachting week at about 5 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, on his Majesty’s yacht, the Victoria and Albert, at the termination of the naval review, going to her usual moorings in Cowes Roads. Crowds thronged the sea front at Cowes and welcomed his Majesty with loyal demonstrations, whilst bands on shore played the National Anthem. The flag of his Majesty, as Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron, received a salute of 21 guns from the Royal Yacht Squadron battery.... The Cowes regatta week begins to-day, and if the weather be favourable the great yachting festival this year should be exceptionally brilliant and interesting. In addition to the King and Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and other members of the Royal Family, the gathering at Cowes will also include the Tsar and Tsaritsa, who will arrive on board the Imperial yacht Standart to-day.... On Saturday and yesterday many private yachts arrived off Cowes. The vessels include the King’s yacht Britannia, The Prince of Wales’s Corisande, Prince Henry of Battenberg’s Sheila, and the Empress Eugenie’s Thistle (with the Empress on board). There also arrived Lord Brassey’s Sunbeam, Lord Dunraven’s Cariad [etc].... The chief event of to-day is the arrival of the Tsar and Tsaritsa, and all the yachts lying off Cowes will be dressed with flags and will be illuminated at night....”
THE TIMES - Wednesday 4 August 1909 - “YACHTING - THE COWES WEEK - THE KING’S CUP - Sailing conditions were as nearly ideal as possible yesterday for a light weather test of sailing. It was the opening day of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Regatta, and, in accordance with the custom of many years past, the first starting gun was that given for the race for the King’s Cup, for which there was an entry of 12 yachts, all, of course, belonging to members of the Squadron, as no others are eligible to sail for this prize.
The whole of the vessels turned out, and made a fine show as they crossed the line after the firing of the starting gun.... RACE FOR THE KING’S CUP, a handicap for yachts belonging to the Royal Yacht Squadron. Old Queen’s course, from Cowes round Bullock Patch Buoy, thence to the Lymington Spit Buoy and back to Cowes (47 miles).
Corisande, yawl, 160 tons, The Prince of Wales
Meteor, schooner, 400 tons, The German Emperor
Cicely, schooner, 263 tons, Mr. C. Cecil Whitaker
White Heather, cutter, 179 tons, Mr. Myles B. Kennedy
Cariad, ketch, 153 tons, Lord Dunraven
Julnar, ketch, 135 tons, Sir Maurice Fitzgerald
Zinita, yawl, 92 tons, Mr. A.W. Fulcher
Moonbeam, yawl, 67 tons, Mr. C.P. Johnson
Rosamond, cutter, 63 tons, Capt. P. Hunloke
Sea Bird, yawl, 48 tons, Mr. R. Stewart Savile
Bloodhound, cutter, 40 tons, Lord Ailsa
Cetonia, schooner, 295 tons, Lord Iveagh
White Heather kept her lead throughout and finished an easy winner. The finishing times were:-
White Heather (winner) 2h.12m.12s.
THE TIMES - Thursday 5 August 1909 - “YACHTING - THE COWES WEEK - THE EMPEROR’S CUP, presented by the Emperor for all yachts exceeding 15 metre rating... course from Cowes round Bullock Buoy, thence to the Lymington Spit Buoy and back to Cowes (47 miles)....
The finish was timed:-
Germania 3h.27m.40s Dr. Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach
Cicely (second prize) 3h.32m.52s.
Susanne (first prize) 3h.47m.37s.
Zinita (third prize) 4h.0m.15s.
THE TIMES - Friday 6 August 1909 - “YACHTING - THE COWES WEEK - THE ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON REGATTA - The regatta was continued yesterday in fine weather, but unfortunately there was but little breeze throughout the day, and sailing conditions were by no means true. When the yachts were started there was just the faintest suggestion of a breeze from the east, but it could not be detected on the water. All was up aloft, and the vessels with the loftiest canvas picked up the most of it. Fortunately the tide was with the yachts, for they could never have beaten against it. The breeze held in the east until about 2 o’clock when, as the vessels were returning from the Warner and going through Cowes Roads, they came into a new wind from the west and had to beat down to the Western Mark. The committee stopped all the races at the end of the first round. Under the conditions there was no really true test of sailing.
The finish for the race for the town prizes was a remarkable one. As each yacht rounded the East Lepe Buoy she had to face a strong running tide and with hardly sufficient weight in the wind to enable her to stem it. Each was hung up until the next vessel came round the mark, and so the competitors in the three races were all mixed up in a crowd near the mark. When the breeze improved a little it came up from a little south of west, and all the vessels in the big race ran up in company, and a remarkably close finish was the result.... The three town prizes, strangely enough, all went to the ketches in the race, Cariad II, Cariad I, and Julnar.
HANDICAP for yachts exceeding 65ft. L.W.L. First prize, £79; second prize, £20; third prize, £10; presented by the inhabitants of the town of Cowes. Course from Cowes round the Warner Lightship, thence to the East Lepe Buoy, and back, twice round, 46 miles.
Meteor, schooner, 107.4ft., The German Emperor
Germania, schooner, 107ft., Herr Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach
Cariad II, ketch, 85.72ft., Lord Dunraven
Cetonia, schooner, 105.70ft., Lord Iveagh
Susanne, schooner, 81.52ft., Herr O. Huldschinsky
Cariad I, ketch, 81.03ft., Capt. C.F. Johnson
Julnar, ketch, 81.03ft., Sir Maurice Fitzgerald
Meteor and Germania (scratch) allowed Susanne 24min. 32sec., Cetonia 30min. 40sec., Julnar 38min. 20sec., Cariad II 59min. 48sec., Cariad I 35min. 10sec. Start 10 o’clock.
When the starting gun was fired there was a little easterly air aloft, although there was no indication of any breeze whatever on the surface of the water. All the vessels were under way with their full light-weather canvas set, and were just able to stem the flood tide, which, had it carried them across the line too soon, would have made it difficult for them to return and re-cross. The start was on the wind. Susanne was first across the line, a minute and 20 seconds after gunfire. Germania was next, then Cariad II. Cariad I. and Julnar were next; Cetonia was some lengths astern, and Meteor last, 12min. 40sec. after the gun.
There was some little strength left in the tide as they beat to the eastward, and, with more wind aloft than appeared down below, they managed to work away to windward. Susanne, favoured by the light airs, crept away and retained the lead with which she went away. As they beat through the Roads, with a little improvement in the breeze, Germania went into first place. As they rounded the Warner they were timed:-
Cariad II 12h.23m.17s.
Cariad I 12h.29m.4s.
Spinnakers were set to port for the run back to the westward and the west-going tide had begun to run. The breeze was still very soft, and after they had passed through Cowes Roads they found the wind westerly. As they rounded the East Lepe Buoy and faced the tide they made little progress and all were close together off the Lepe with spinnakers set, trying to run over the tide, which at times they could not stem. When the breeze improved a little it brought them home in a bunch and the finish was a remarkably close one. The times were:-
Julnar (third prize) 3h.46m.50s.
Cariad II (winner) 3h.47m.3s.
Cetonia 3h. 47m.55s.
Cariad I (second prize) 3h.55m.2s.”
THE TIMES - Saturday 7 August 1909 - “YACHTING - THE COWES WEEK - THE ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON REGATTA - The Royal Yacht Squadron brought their regatta to a close yesterday in fine weather, but there was a lack of weight in the breeze, which veered from north-west to easterly just after the first race of the day was started. The programme, as originally arranged, consisted of five events, but a private match was made between Lord Dunraven and Sir Maurice Fitzgerald, whose yachts are Cariad II and Julnar. These ketches had been prize-winners on Thursday in the race for the Town prizes. The race was started before the others. It is rarely that private matches are made now, although in the early days of yachting matches for private stakes were frequent.... A MATCH for £25, half forfeit, between Cariad II. and Julnar. The Queen’s Course from Cowes round the Warner Lightship, thence to the East Lepe Buoy and back, twice round, 46 miles.
Cariad II., ketch, 153 tons, Lord Dunraven
Julnar, ketch, 135 tons, Sir Maurice Fitzgerald
The yachts were to sail level if it was a hard-weather day. Julnar was to receive five minutes if a light-weather day. Start at 9.30.
What breeze there was blew easterly and the vessels were sent to the eastward first, giving them a turn to windward with a fair tide. Both had full light-weather canvas set, including the biggest jib-topsails. The pair went through the line beam and beam, Cariad II. in the weather berth; but Julnar began immediately to creep out from under the lee of her opponent. Julnar continued to draw away, and at the Warner they were timed:-
Cariad II. 12h.36m.50s.
Julnar led the whole of the way on the run to the westward, but as she was rounding the East Lepe Buoy the tide carried her down the west channel some distance, and Cariad II. came out with a lead. It was a beat home, and a very close finish:-
Cariad II. 4h.49m.4s.
Julnar (winner) 4h.49m.17s.”
ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD - Saturday 9 October 1909 - “EAST DONYLAND - YACHTING - A number of yachts have returned to their winter moorings during the past week, including:- Earl Dunraven’s Cariad, Capt. B. Smith; also Nan, Capt. James Simons, and Cecilia, Capt. Chas. Simons, both new arrivals; Diadem, Capt. H. Martin; Freya, Capt. A. Wilkin.”
In 1909 Cariad I, now owned by Captain Dixon-Johnson, won the cup presented by the late King Edward to the Societe Nautique de la baie de St. Malo for a race from Cowes to St. Malo.
THE TIMES - Wednesday 3 August 1910 - “YACHTING - THE COWES WEEK - ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON - THE KING’S CUP - The Royal Yacht Squadron opened its Regatta yesterday in rather unpromising weather. The south cone had been flying since the previous evening, and in the early morning there was a hard south-westerly breeze blowing, with occasional scuds of rain. Matters improved as the day wore on, but the wind held in good strength, and there was some fast sailing under shortened sail.
The first race in the programme was that for His Majesty’s Cup. In accordance with the custom of former years this was a handicap for yachts belonging to the Squadron, and the excellent idea had been adopted of arranging two sets of time allowances, one for a light-weather day and the other for rough weather. The latter was naturally the scale adopted for the day. There was an entry of seven vessels, but only four crossed the starting line. White Heather and Zinita were both absent, while Meteor did not start. The Emperor’s schooner had been under way for some time before the race was due to start. She had a single reefed mainsail, but within seven minutes of the start she split her mainsail and she returned to her anchorage. All the competing craft were under reduced canvas. Julnar and Cariad II. had certainly full mainsails, but they set only jibheaders aloft, while Bloodhound had a bare topmast and a single reef in her mainsail. Cicely also had a single reefed mainsail.
The last named was first across the line after gunfire, with Julnar on her weather quarter, while Cariad II. was under the lee quarter of Julnar. Bloodhound crossed the line high up to windward well in shore. They travelled fast on the ebb tide down to the westward. Cariad II. made a short board inshore when off Gurnard, going astern of all her opponents in doing so. They had plenty of sea at times, with the weather running tide. They gybed at the Lymington Spit Buoy and came up the West Channel again on a broad starboard reach, with jib topsails set and travelling at a fine pace. As they passed the Squadron going to the eastward their times were taken:-
Cicely 11h.30m.2s; Julnar 11h.31m.54s; Cariad II 11h.34m.46s; Bloodhound 11h.47m.25s.
They fetched right through to the Bullock Buoy without breaking tack, and as they rounded that mark their times were:-
Cicely 12h.43m.25s; Julnar 12h.58m.15s; Cariad II. 12h.50m.47s; Bloodhound 1h.14m.45s.
After rounding the Bullock Buoy they were able to reach right back again. The wind held in good strength, and with lee rails awash they came along at a fine pace. Cicely failed to give away the time she had to allow either Julnar or Cariad II., and the latter saved her time easily from the schooner, but by 35sec. only from Julnar. Lord Dunraven therefore won the King’s Cup.”
Julnar, yawl, 130 tons, owner Sir Maurice FitzGerald. Cicely, schooner, 263 tons, owner Mr. G. Cecil Whitaker. Bloodhound, cutter, 40 tons, owner Lord Ailsa. Cariad II, ketch, 153 tons, owner Lord Dunraven.
In the race for the Town Prizes Cariad II. and many others gave up before the finish.
Cariad II. entered -
Royal Cinque Ports fixture at Dover 22 July.
Ostend International Regatta 27 July.
Royal Yacht Squadron Regatta at Cowes 1 August, race for the King’s Cup. Prince Henry of Prussia and the Duke of Somerset were on board Cariad II. The King and Queen were present for the sailing as was King Alfonso of Spain.
Royal Yacht Squadron Regatta at Cowes 2 August, race for the German Emperor’s Cup. The Cowes Town prizes, on 3 August, and a King’s Cup on the 7th.
She had no luck in any of these races.
ABERDEEN DAILY JOURNAL - Tuesday 6 August 1912 - Cowes Regatta 5 August - Cariad II entered the race for large schooners which also included the Kaiser’s Meteor, Herr Krupp’s Germania, Sir Thomas Lipton’s Shamrock (23 metre), White Heather, Cetonia, Julnar and Waterwitch. Meteor retired following an accident to a crewman, and the only finisher was Germania.
DERBY DAILY TELEGRAPH - Tuesday 6 August 1912 - “COWES REGATTA - THE RACE FOR THE KING’S CUP - Rain fell in torrents at Cowes early this morning. The weather cleared by ten o’clock when the race for the King’s Cup started over a course of 40 miles. Nine of the largest class of yachts passed the starting line, the Earl of Dunraven’s Cariad leading, and the Kaiser’s Meteor crossing the line last. A stiff south-westerly wind was blowing, and an eastward course was taken.
When the large yachts racing for the King’s Cup reached into open water in the neighbourhood of Spithead they encountered heavy seas and squalls. Some of them became almost water-logged, and after the first round only three of the nine starters remained in the contest. They were Sir James Pender’s Lamorna, Earl Dunraven’s Cariad, and Sir Wm. Portal's Valdora. The Kaiser’s Meteor was among the first to haul down her sails. The King watched the race from the Royal yacht.”
THE TIMES - Wednesday 7 August 1912 - “YACHTING - COWES WEEK - ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON - THE KING’S CUP - On Monday afternoon yachtsmen and all present at Cowes were congratulating themselves upon the improvement in the weather prospects. The glass had gone up, and the wind had softened considerably. Unfortunately all hopes were doomed to disappointment, for later in the night the wind backed to the south east, and steadily increased in force, and was accompanied by heavy rain. Yesterday morning opened very dismally. The wind was still blowing in good weight from the south east, and there were frequent heavy rain squalls. As a natural result boats were absent from all the races, and all those that did turn out were under reduced canvas.
The first race of the day, that for the King’s Cup, had an entry of 13, but four yachts were absent, namely:- Bloodhound, Betty, Zinita, and Corisande. The courses were reversed, all the competitors being sent to the eastward first. This was a wise decision on the part of the Sailing Committee, as, with the hard wind, had they been sent to the Lepe Buoy first, the boats would have all been in a cluster at that mark.
All the yachts came out under reduced canvas in the first race. Meteor and the ketches were the only vessels that had full mainsails, and only the ketches started with jibheaders aloft. The Lady Anne had a double reefed mainsail. Julnar led the fleet across the line; White Heather was next, to windward of Cetonia, then Lamorna, The Lady Anne followed with Cariad to leeward, then Waterwitch on Cariad’s weather, and Meteor to leeward last. The start was a fine one for vessels of mixed rigs and varying types and dimensions. They went away on the starboard tack, with sheets flattened, a blinding rain squall completely shutting them out from view for a few minutes. When the rain cleared again White Heather was still second boat, and Meteor had pinched out to windward, and off Old Castle Point was on the weather of Waterwitch. When they fairly opened the point they found the full weight of the wind, and lee decks were deeply buried. The tide was running to the eastward, so that they made good progress. The wind went a little south, and they fetched the Warner Lightship. Passing Ryde Pier the order was Waterwitch, Meteor, Cetonia, White Heather, Lamorna, Cariad, Julnar, and Valdora. At the Warner, Waterwitch still led, but on the journey back several gave up. When they came into view from Cowes again the order was Lamorna, Valdora, Cariad, and Julnar. The wind had by this time drawn to south west, and it was a beat to the East Lepe Buoy, and Cariad slipped through the lee of Valdora, and was second boat round the weather mark. It was a broad reach on the starboard tack up the west channel, and the order at the end of the round was Lamorna, Cariad, and Valdora. Julnar gave up. Cariad was well within her time of Lamorna and so was Valdora. They went away to the eastward again on a starboard reach, Cariad, suited by the hard wind, keeping well within her time of Lamorna. They reached back from the Warner on a port beat to the East Lepe, and reached home without altering their relative positions, Cariad winning easily on time. Cariad flew a protest flag at the end of the first round.
Race for His Majesty’s Cup, a handicap for yachts belonging to the Royal Yacht Squadron. The Queen’s Course, from Cowes, round the East Lepe buoy, thence to the Warner Lightship and back, twice round - 46 miles.
Meteor, schooner, 400 tons, The German Emperor; Waterwitch, schooner, 352 tons, Mr. G. Cecil Whitaker; Cetonia, schooner, 295 tons, Lord Iveagh; Lamorna, schooner, 263 tons, Sir James Pender; White Heather, cutter, 179 tons, Mr. Myles B.Kennedy; Zinita, yawl, 92 tons, Capt. A.W. Fulcher; Julnar, yawl, 135 tons, Sir Maurice FitzGerald; Cariad, ketch, 153 tons, Lord Dunraven; Valdora, yawl, 106 tons, Sir William S. Portal; Corisande, ketch, 160 tons, Mr. M. Drummond; Betty, yawl, 92 tons, Lord Acheson; The Lady Anne, cutter, 51 tons, Mr. George Coats; Bloodhound, cutter, 40 tons, Lord Ailsa.
Meteor was the scratch boat and had to allow White Heather 7min.40sec., Waterwitch 10min.44sec., Lamorna 23min., Zinita 35min.16sec., Cetonia 42min.10sec., Julnar 44min.28sec., Cariad 51min.22sec.,Corisande 52min.54sec., Betty 53min.40sec., The Lady Anne 55min.12sec., and Bloodhound 58min.16sec. Start at 10 o’clock.
The times for the first round were:- Lamorna 12h.20m.38s.; Cariad 12h.24m.15s.; Valdora 12h.26m.49s. the others gave up.
The finish was:- Lamorna 2h.25m.35s.; Cariad (winner) 2h.28m.55s.; Valdora 2h.39m.13s.”
Crew lists for Richard John Cranfield's fishing smack Ellen 321CK show that his son Lemon was a crew member of Cariad from 1911-13.
THE TIMES - Thursday 8 August 1912 - COWES WEEK - ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON - THE GERMAN EMPEROR’S CUP - Owing to the bad weather White Heather, Shamrock, Cariad, Norada, and Betty did not start. Germania gave up, and only Corona (winner) and Bloodhound took part.
THE TIMES - Friday 9 August 1912 - “COWES WEEK - ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON - RACE FOR THE TOWN PRIZES - The conditions were much more pleasant at Cowes yesterday. With the exception of an occasional light shower, the weather was fine throughout, and with a brisk south-westerly breeze the yachts had a good test on every point of sailing.... There was still too much weight in the wind for full mainsails, the ketches, with their smaller mainsails, being the only boats to set full ones, with the exception of Bloodhound, which also ventured on setting a whole mainsail.... Creole and Sonya were absent from the handicap race. Bloodhound and the ketches came out with full mainsails, but the others were reefed. The order across the starting line was Cariad, Carina, Bloodhound, Betty, Celia, Valdora, Cetonia, Westwind, and Julnar, which had been recalled, last, 2min. after the gun. In the beat down to the East Lepe Buoy Bloodhound took the lead, and as they ran back with spinnakers set to starboard the order in passing the Squadron was Bloodhound, Cariad, Carina, and Valdora. Spinnakers came off after passing Old Castle Point, and the Warner was fetched on a broad starboard reach, Cetonia taking the lead with Carina second and Bloodhound third. It was a beat home, and Cariad went into first place, the order at the end of the round being Cariad, Carina, Bloodhound, Cetonia, Julnar, Valdora, Betty, and Westwind. In the second round Bloodhound kept within her time and won. Details:-
Handicap for yachts over 44ft. l.w.l. Course, the same as for the preceding race [Cowes, round the East Lepe Buoy, thence to the Warner Lightship and back, twice round - 46 miles]. First prize, £50; second prize, £20; third prize, £10.
Cetonia was the scratch boat and had to allow Julnar 2min. 18sec., Cariad 6min. 54sec., Carina 12min. 16sec., Valdora 13min. 2sec., Creole 13min. 48sec., Sonya 17min. 38sec., Betty 22min. 14sec., Bloodhound 25min. 18sec., Celia 35min. 16sec., and Westwind 53min. 40sec.
The finish was:-
Cariad 4h.7m.39s.; Carina (third prize) 4h.10m.9s.; Cetonia 4h.13m.17s.; Valdora 4h.16m.14s.; Bloodhound (winner) 4h.16m.25s.; Julnar 4h.17m.14s.; Celia (second prize) 4h.28m.3s.; Betty 4h.37m.54s.; Westwind 4h.57m.12s.”
THE TIMES - Tuesday 13 August 1912 - “RYDE WEEK - ROYAL VICTORIA YACHT CLUB - Bloodhound was absent from the handicap class. All the starters had full mainsails set with jibheaders aloft. Cariad crossed the line at the outer end. All the others came through close to the pier, the order across being Celia, Sonya, Carina, and Mercedes. From there they made an easy reach on the starboard tack across to the Outer Spit. Bearing round there they squared mainbooms off to port and set spinnakers to starboard and ran to the East Middle Buoy. Cariad passed Carina on this leg of the course and rounded the lee mark 15 seconds ahead of Carina. They beat from there to the Warner, and going through the line at the end of the first round Cariad was leading by 11 seconds. Mercedes was a long way astern and gave up without completing the round. On the beat to the Warner Carina took the lead and was round the Lightship nearly a minute ahead of Cariad, but on the free reach across to the Outer Spit Cariad once more took the lead. It was a run again to the West Middle and Cariad increased her lead to one minute and 30 seconds. She further increased it coming home, but just failed to take her time off Carina by 37 seconds. Carina took the first prize and Cariad the second prize. Details:-
Handicap for yachts of 35 tons and upwards. First prize, £40; second prize, £20; third prize, £5. Course from off Ryde Pier, round the Warner Lightship to the Outer Spit Buoy, then to the West Middle Buoy and back, twice round - 35 miles.
Bloodhound, cutter, 40 tons, Lord Ailsa; Carina, cutter, 69 tons, Mr. A.L. Pearse; Sonya, cutter, 42 tons, Mr. Noel T. Kershaw; Celia, yawl, 48 tons, Mr. W.J. Carr; Mercedes, yawl, 37 tons, Mr. G. Watney; Cariad, ketch, 86 tons, Lord Dunraven.
Cariad was the scratch boat, and had to allow Carina 3min. 30sec.; Sonya 5min. 50sec.; Bloodhound 11min. 40sec.; Celia 21min.; Mercedes 35min. Start at 10 o’clock.
The times for the first round were:- Cariad 1h.25m.10s.; Carina 1h.25m.21s.; Sonya 1h.28m.4s.; Celia 1h.37m.12s.
Mercedes gave up.
The finish was:- Cariad (2nd prize) 3h.20m.16s.; Carina (winner) 3h.23m.9s.; Sonya 3h.37m.12s.; Celia 3h.42m.42s.”
Cowes - Royal London Yacht Club Regatta - 4 August - Handicap for yachts exceeding 75 tons. Cariad placed last behind the King’s Britannia, Wendur, and Julnar.
Cowes - Royal Yacht Squadron Regatta - 7 August - The Satanita Cup - The same yachts finished in the same order.
On 8 August in the handicap for cutters, yawls, and ketches exceeding 65ft, Britannia was beaten by Julnar, with Cariad finishing last.
SOUTHAMPTON ARCHIVE SERVICE - SOUTHAMPTON CIVIC CENTRE
DCREW114578 - 1913
AGREEMENT AND ACCOUNT OF CREW - YACHT
Name of Yacht; CARIAD
Official Number; 114578
Port of Registry; So’ton
Port Number and Date of Register; 7 - 1903
Registered Tonnage - 86. Net
Registered Managing Owner; Earl of Dunraven, 22 Norfolk St, London. W
No. of Seamen for whom accommodation is certified; 14
The Several Persons whose names are hereto subscribed, and are engaged as Sailors, hereby agree to serve on board the said Yacht, in the several capacities expressed against their respective Names, until the said Yacht shall be paid off.
From So’ton on yachting cruises to any port or places the owner or master may wish to go between the latitudes of 70 degrees North and 70 degrees South. Voyage not to exceed nine months and to end in the United Kingdom.
And the Crew agree to conduct themselves in an orderly, faithful, honest and sober manner, and to be at all times diligent in their respective Duties, and to be obedient to the lawful commands of the said Master, or any person who shall lawfully succeed him, and of their Superior Officers, in everything relating to the said Yacht and the Stores and Cargo thereof, whether on board, in boats, or on shore; in consideration of which Service to be duly performed, the said Master hereby agrees to pay to the said Crew as Wages the Sums against their Names respectively expressed.
And it is hereby agreed that any Embezzlement or wilful or negligent Destruction of any part of the Ship’s Cargo or Stores shall be made good to the Owner out of the wages of the Person guilty of the same.
And it is further agreed, that if any Seaman enters himself in a capacity for which he is incompetent, he is liable to be disrated.
And it is also agreed, that the Regulations authorized by the Board of Trade, which are printed herein and numbered 1234&5 are adopted by the parties hereto, and shall be considered as embodied in this Agreement. And it is also agreed, that if any Member of the Crew considers himself to be aggrieved by any breach of the Agreement or otherwise, he shall represent the same to the Master or Officer in charge of the Ship in a quiet and orderly manner, who shall thereupon take such steps as the case may require; and it is also stipulated that advances on account and allotments of part of wages shall be made as specified against the names of the respective seamen in the columns provided for that purpose.
And it is also agreed, that any man guilty of misconduct shall be liable to be discharged by the Master at any Port in Great Britain or Ireland; and that the voyage shall be considered as terminated when the Yacht is paid off.
And it is also agreed, that the clothes provided by the owner are the yachts stores, but will be given to each member of the crew, provided their conduct is satisfactory, at the end of the season. Any member of the crew being paid off previously by reason of misconduct or otherwise shall forfeit the same. No member of the crew allowed on shore without the permission of the Master or officers in charge.
In Witness whereof the said Parties have subscribed their Names herein, on the days mentioned against their respective signatures.
Signed by B. L. Smith, Master, on the 5th day of June 1913
Date of Commencement of Voyage; 5/6/13
Port at which Voyage commenced; Southampton
Date of Termination of Voyage; 17.10.13
Port at which Voyage terminated; Southampton
Date of Delivery of Lists to Superintendent; 17.10.13
I hereby declare to the truth of the Entries in this Agreement and Account of Crew, &c.; B. Smith, Master.
All men signed the Agreement 5/6/13 at Southampton, were due on board “at once”, discharged at Southampton 17/10/13 except where noted, and received “VG” in the Report of Character for Ability and for General Conduct. All signed. All signed the release except E. Allen.
B J Smith age 58, born Rowhedge, Essex. Of Albion St, Rowhedge, Last served on same Ship, Master, Remains
J Garrad age 40, born Brightlingsea. Of Wivenhoe, Last served on same Ship, Mate. Wages £1.13/6. Balance of Wages paid on Discharge £5.14/2
A Moulton age 28, born Ryde. Of Church St, Ryde, Last served on same Ship, Bos’n. Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate No.3832B Colchester 8. Wages £1.9/6. Balance £4.12/2
H W Harris age 30, born Ryde. Of Chapel St, Ryde, Last served on same Ship, Carpenter. Wages £1.11/6. Balance £5.12/2. Dis. A. 754631 (Discharge Book number)
J. Brown age 34, born Rowhedge. Of High St, Rowhedge, Last served on same Ship, AB. Wages £1.7/6. Balance £5.9/2
E. W. Barnard age 40, born Rowhedge. Of The Green, Chelmondiston, Last served on same Ship, AB. Wages £1.7/6. Balance £5.8/2. Dis. A. 754630
D Wade age 44, born Wivenhoe. Of Station Road, Wivenhoe, Last served on JERNE, AB. Wages £1.7/6. Balance £5.2/2
L. Cranfield age 28, born Rowhedge. Of Regent St, Rowhedge, Last served on NAHMA, AB. Wages £1.7/6. Balance £4.4/2
N J Sparkes age 45, born Gt Oxley (sic). Of 12 Albion St, Rowhedge, Last served on same Ship, AB. Wages £1.7/6. Balance £5.9/2
W Brasted age 33, born Brightlingsea. Of High St, Brightlingsea, Last served on NIAGARA, AB. Wages £1.7/6. Balance £5.2/2
E.H. Goodrum age 62, born Rowhedge. Of Church Hill, Rowhedge. Last served on same Ship, 1st Steward. Wages “Agreement”. Balance “NA”
E R Allen age 34, born Rowhedge. Of High St, Rowhedge. Last served on same Ship, 2nd Steward. Wages £1.9/6. 27/9/1913 Sneem to Kerry Discharged. Omitted to sign
T. Baker age 60, born Wivenhoe. Of Malton Yard, Wivenhoe. Last served on same Ship, 1st Cook. Wages £2.5/6. 17/10/13 Soton Discharged. Balance £2.5/6
R Wadley age 33, born Rowhedge. Of Albion St, Rowhedge. Last served on same Ship. 2nd Cook. Wages £1.7/6. 17/10/13 Soton Discharged. Balance £5.2/2
THE TIMES - COURT CIRCULAR - Friday 29 May 1914 - “Lord Dunraven has left London to join his yacht Cariad for a short cruise.”
THE TIMES - Monday 3 August 1914 - “NO COWES REGATTA - ABANDONED BY THE KING’S WISH - By special desire of the King the Cowes week regattas of the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal London yacht Club have been abandoned.”
ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD - Saturday 12 January 1935 - “DEATH - SMITH - On January 7, at Hillside, Albion Street, Rowhedge, Bartholomew J. Smith (Barty), aged 79 years.”
ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD - Saturday 12 January 1935 - “ROWHEDGE - DEATH OF FAMOUS YACHT CAPTAIN - The death took place on Monday, January 7, of Captain Bartholomew Joseph Smith at his residence, Hillside, Albion Street. The deceased gentleman, who was in his 80th year, was well-known throughout yachting circles and among his many friends and acquaintances as “Captain Barty,” and had been connected with the sea from his very early days. Among the many yachts he had served in, in various capacities, was the famous schooner Olga, a very fine craft in her day and which will be better known by the older school of seamen as a very fast boat. It was in this ship that he made several trips to the Mediterranean and other famous ports. He also served in one of the famous America’s Cup challengers, Valkyrie II, sent out by the late Earl of Dunraven. After two unsuccessful attempts to lift the cup, the Earl settled down to a more moderate form of yachting and appointed Captain Barty to take charge of the then famous yawl (his first command) L’Esperance, which he took out to Gibraltar and back. After several successful seasons, his lordship built a new yacht, Cariad I, which was followed by Cariad II, the famous ketch that made history by winning the King’s Cup at Cowes on two occasions, commanded by the late Captain, whose period of service under the late Earl extended over 36 years and until he retired a few years ago. He leaves a widow and one daughter with whom much sympathy is felt.”