FIONA (Cutter)

- Official number: 55432

There can be confusion when researching the history of Fiona as to which Fiona is competing in a particular race. Two yachts named Fiona, one a cutter and the other a schooner, often appeared in the same races. Both yachts were built for, and initially owned by, Emanuel Boutcher of London.

John Leather states in The Northseamen that Capt. Pearman of Rowhedge was skipper of the cutter Fiona, owned in 1900 by Mr Rait. This cutter had the official number 55432 and is pictured below.

Crew lists from the 1890s show Capt. Pearman and his crew of local men sailing the schooner Fiona, official number 81003.

Perhaps Capt. Pearman moved from one Fiona to the other?

 

 

 

FIONA (Schooner) - Official number: 81003

 

Built Gosport 1879

Registry closed 1906

FIONA - 81003 CREW LIST

Half-year 1.7.1890 - 21.12.1890

FIONA of Portsmouth, 90 tons, owner C.A. Barton of 44 Fitzjohn Avenue, Hampstead, London.

Master: F. Pearman of Rowhedge

“Cruising for pleasure around the British Coast. Now laid up at Rowhedge since Sep. 1890

All crew from Essex, previously on Fiona and discharged 12.9.1890 at Rowhedge except Capt. Pearman who “remains”.

Frederick PEARMAN born 1838, Master

Henry CRICKMORE born 1837, Mate

Joseph THEOBALD born 1849, Steward

George PEARMAN born 1873, 2nd Steward

Harry HARRIS born 1864, Cook

John SIMONS born 1822, AB

William COOK born 1831, AB

William OWERS born 1858, AB

Mark MOULTON born 1861, AB

William COOK born 1860, AB

John SCARFF born 1862, AB

Frederick BROWN born 1867, AB

William THEOBALD born 1856

 

FIONA - 81003 CREW LIST

Half-year 1.1.1891 - 30.6.1891

FIONA of Portsmouth, 90 tons, owner C.A. Barton of 44 Fitzjohn Avenue, Hampstead, London.

Master: F. Pearman of Rowhedge

“Laid up at Rowhedge till April 1891. Since then Cruising for pleasure in the North Sea and other waters.”

All crew joined Fiona 1.4.1891 at Rowhedge and remain.

Frederick PEARMAN born 1838 Colchester, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, Master

Henry CRICKMORE born 1837 Rowhedge, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, Mate

Joseph THEOBALD born 1849 Rowhedge, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, Steward

Barnie WORSP born 1835 Rowhedge, last served on Viking of London, Boatswain

William COOK born 1849 Rowhedge, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, Able Seaman

James SIMONS born 1860 Rowhedge, last served on Neck or Nothing of London [29-ton schooner], Able Seaman. 

Emanuel DURRELL  born 1857 Wivenhoe, last served on Shearwater of London, Cook

Arthur LUFKIN born 1856 Tollesbury, last served on Oberon of Southampton, Able Seaman

Frederick REDHOUSE born 1858 Tollesbury, last served on Nora of London, Able Seaman

George POTTER born 1862 Tollesbury, last served on Backolum (sic) of London, Able Seaman

Arthur MARTIN born 1867 Rowhedge, last served on Neck or Nothing of London, Able Seaman

Harry WARREN born 1870 Rowhedge, last served on Lufra of London, Able Seaman

George PEARMAN born 1873 Rowhedge, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, 2nd Steward

 

 

FIONA - 81003 CREW LIST

Half-year 1.7.1891 - 31.12.1891

FIONA of Portsmouth, 90 tons, owner C.A. Barton of 44 Fitzjohn Avenue, Hampstead, London.

Master: F. Pearman of Rowhedge

“Cruising for pleasure in the Baltic and North Seas. Now laid up at Rowhedge since 25 Sep. 1891”

All men born Essex, previously on Fiona and discharged 25.9.1891, except Capt. Pearman who remains.

Frederick PEARMAN born 1838, Master

Henry CRICKMORE born 1837, Mate

Joseph THEOBALD born 1849, Steward

Barnabas WORSP born 1835, AB

Arthur LUFKIN born 1857, AB

James SIMONS born 1860, AB

Frederick REDHOUSE born 1859, AB

George POTTER born 1865, AB

William COOK born 1860, AB

Benjamin DURRELL born 1857, Cook

Arthur MARTIN born 1867, AB

Harry WARREN born 1870, AB

George PEARMAN born 1873, 2nd Steward

 

 

FIONA - 81003 CREW LIST

Half-year 1.1.1892 - 30.6.1892

FIONA of Portsmouth, 90 tons, owner C.A. Barton of 44 Fitzjohn Avenue, Hampstead, London.

Master: F. Pearman of Rowhedge

“Laid up at Rowhedge till April 1892. Since then Cruising for pleasure in North Sea and English Channel.”

All men born Essex, joined Fiona 4.4.1892 at Rowhedge and remaining.

Frederick PEARMAN born 1838, last served on same, Master

Harry CRICKMORE born 1837, last served on Resolute Reward(?), Mate

Joseph THEOBALD born 1844 (sic), last served on Port Douglas of London, Steward

George POTTER born 1865, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, AB

William COLLINS born 1867, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, AB

William POTTER born 1861, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, AB

Robert RICE born 1854, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, AB

Charles POWELL born 1865, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, AB

William FINCHAM born 1868, last served on Lena of London, AB

Harry WARREN born 1870, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, AB

William PITT born 1867, last served on Fiona of Portsmouth, AB

William EVERITT born 1873, last served on Robert & Ann of Colchester

George PEARMAN born 1873, last served on First Fruit of Colchester, O.S.

FIONA (Cutter) - Official number: 55432

 

Built Fairlie, Ayr 1866, designer William Fife II

Registry closed 1910

1900 - Fiona, cutter, Capt. Frederick Pearman of Rowhedge, won the German Emperor’s Cup. At Kiel the Emperor came on board the Fiona and was impressed by her crew. [John Leather]

 

1901 - Won the Nore to Dover race

 

1903 and 1906 - Won the Dover to Boulogne races

 

Her owner Henry Rait died in 1907 and Fiona was willed  to the Royal Thames Yacht Club who did not want her. She was broken up soon afterwards.