s.y. PAULINA

“STEAM YACHT PAULINA”   photo by Kirk, of Cowes

THE YACHTSMAN - 28 June 1894 - “THE STEAM YACHT ‘PAULINA’ - PAULINA, the subject of our illustration, is a very charming yacht, built during the winter at Messrs. William White & Son’s Vectis Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding Works at Cowes, to the order of Mr. Alfred Shuttleworth, who formerly owned the s.s. Mera, and subsequently the s.s. Vista. Of 327 tons B.M., she is constructed entirely of steel, with engines of I.H.P. 612, and rigged as shown. Entering by the aft companion, on the port side of the passage we find two state-rooms elegantly fitted, one in Hungarian ash and the other in maple and teak; on the starboard side is a tiled bath-room, lavatory, and a state-room fitted in satinwood. Turning round, one enters the main saloon, a gilded lincrusta, and exquisitely furnished. Through this the owner’s state-room is entered, and it is fitted in satinwood, silver, and saddle-bag upholstery; by the side of the bed is a unique instrument - the first ever adapted to a yacht - called the Marine Telephone, by means of which the owner can communicate his wishes to the pantry in the fore part of the ship. Returning, we pass by the side of the engine-room and coal-bunkers into the dining-saloon, which extends the whole width of the yacht, having a Spanish mahogany dado and a delicately tinted lincrusta; a very fine stove by Atkey is to be used for keeping the temperature equal. Passing up the staircase into the deck saloon, a handsome and well-ventilated apartment, one steps on the deck. Adjoining this deck saloon is a well-appointed galley with one of May & Co,’s cabooses. Forward are the pantry and officers’ quarters, and forecastle, reached by separate companions, the comfort of everybody on board being well provided for. The electric light is the chief illuminant, and electric bells are fitted throughout the vessel. Mr. Shuttleworth, who is a popular member of the R.Y.S., has owned several yachts, but never one such as this; and, though he is not demonstrative about it, he has reason to be proud of being possessed of one of the most beautiful yachts afloat.”

Harold Cranfield of Rowhedge was on board the Paulina during WW1 and his daughter Peggy  wrote: “Dad has a photograph of Queen Alexandra’s visit to s.y. Paulina and he received an enamelled match box from her. It was a hospital yacht and I quote from the Commanding Officer (M. Grahame-White, Lt. Cmmdr. R.N.V.R.).” “June 27 1915. Aldrington Basin.To 2nd Mate, Harold Cranfield, H.M.H.S. Paulina, Portslade.” “I am directed by Sir Frederick Treves, to notify you of her Majesty Queen Alexandra’s keen appreciation of the cleanliness of the ship on the occasion of Her Majesty’s visit to the vessel and to congratulate you on the general appearance of the men under your charge. Signed M. Grahame-White.”