Built by Philip and Son of Sandquay Dartmouth in 1906 the schooner DWYN WEN has criss-crossed the World under a succession of owners – but always with the same name, that of the Welsh patron saint of lovers. Given her extraordinary voyages in distant waters, of which considerable information, with pictures and anecdotage has been collated, it would be interesting to know if she has ever ventured back into British waters since she left Weymouth on 8th of August 1924 bound for Hong Kong.
This remarkable 128 ft classic schooner enjoyed a clutch of ownerships on the West coast of America - largely cruising the Pacific in the 1920s. One such cruise a 4,000 mile trip under Dr Robert Hale Ellis took 42 days during which her crew sighted nothing but whales, sharks, porpoises and seabirds. Post War another trip from Hawaii to French Polynesia was recorded in a book by Rita Kistner, wife of her then owner. Another expedition with scientific aims undertaken in 1963 was written about in great detail in “Seismic Summer” by Marge Bradner, wife of the expedition leader - and only lady aboard.
Her current owner acquired DWYN WEN in 1977 and has since then cruised and chartered her in the Indian Ocean and around the Far East. DWYN WEN is now lying in the lagoon of Mayotte at the North end of the Mozambique Channel and is offered for sale realistically as a restoration project.
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Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Builder: Philip and Son Ltd Dartmouth
Designer: Alexander Richardson Liverpool
LOA: 128 ft 0 in
Beam: 20 ft 0 in
LWL: 84 ft 0 in
Length on Deck: 106 ft 0 in
Minimum Draft: 12 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 12 ft 6 in
Displacement: 358400 lbs
Fresh Water Tanks: (550)
Fuel Tanks: (968)
Number of single berths: 12
Number of cabins: 6
Number of heads: 2
Total Liferaft Capacity: 12
Built in a composite construction of teak and elm planking on low carbon steel frames DWYN WEN will have benefitted from the particular skills of the Philip and Son shipyard, famed from 1858 for around 150 years for the building of every kind of vessel from fishing boat to warship but always with strength and durability to the forefront of their specification.
Decks are teak, laid fore & aft, rather than swept. Original 3 inch average now 2.5 inch width but 6 inch amidships, caulking and paying with Jeffreys marine glue ongoing. Skylights & engine room coaming teak. Chartroom steel, with teak framed windows.
DWYN WEN has had a colourful career aspects of which are recorded in a detailed history section below
Accommodation and Domestic Equipment
From the deck house, lying just abaft the fore mast, companionway steps lead down to the main accommodation below. Corridors with doorways connect the individual cabins, which are arranged from aft.
A substantial stateroom suite with to port the shower, head with 24 V Lavac WC and basinwith good stowage outboard, reception and seating amidships to starboard and double berth forward to port. A large hanging locker is opposite the shower area with luggage stowage behind.
A doorway forward leads to the guest area with separate doorways to guest cabins either side. Each of these is provided with a pair of single berths, a washbasin, drawers and appropriate hanging locker stowage.
Forward again opens out to the substantial saloon, richly paneled and furnished with substantial L shaped settee with small table to port and a larger semi-circular shaped seating and round gimbaled rosewood dining table to starboard.
A single doorway for’ard leads to the guest cabin shower and head with 24 V Lavac WC and basin to port with the Captain’s quarters to starboard and further doorway amidships to the large galley. This was fitted out in Singapore with custom built stainless steel throughout. There is a 2 door 1400 L chest freezer and a 2 door front opening 850 L refrigerator. Commercial Wolf 4 burner gas stove & large oven (Rotating ss vent over). Double s/s sinks.
The 4 berth crews’ quarters in the focs’le has access from deck in addition to a communicating door to the galley. There is good stowage
Rig Spars and Sails
Spars - Lower masts: Corten steel 1992 by Dorbyl Shipbuilders, Durban, RSA, design by Spencers, Cowes - Topmasts: Meranti 1984 in Singapore - Booms: Oregon pine - Gaffs: Main: Meranti, fore: Oregon pine - Bowsprit: South African pine Standing rigging - Lower masts: 1 x 19 s/s with lower end swaged by Spencer Rigging, upper ends in AB2 sockets - Topmasts: Galv 7 x 7 except stbd fore topmast shroud insulated as SSB antenna in 1x 19 s/s Blocks - 90% by Spencer. Bronze straps & sheaves. 10% Admiralty with iron straps & bronze sheaves Running rigging - Backstays: Galv 7 x 7 pennants with 6 x 19 whips & Terylene purchases - Halyards / purchases: 3 strand Terylene excepting main topsail in non-stretch braid - Sheets: 3 strand Terylene Sails Ratsey & Lapthorn, Cowes: - 4 lowers - 3 topsails, lightweight jib topsail & fisherman in good condition, but foresail due renewal
Deck Equipment and Ground Tackle
Windlass - to overhaul and motor controls to rewire - 110v DC 4 HP motor - 2 x gypsies & warping drums Ground Tackle - 5 shackles 19mm stud link chain cable to port - 6 shackles 16mm stud link chain cable to starboard - One 200kg stock anchor - One 100kg stock anchor - Warps and fenders
Mechanical Electrical and Tankage
Main Engine - Detroit Diesel 8V-71- N with Allison MH marine gear 3.75:1 installed 1972, rebuilt 1983, overhauled 1998. Piston rings & liners are ready for replacement before extended use Generators - 2 x G&M Powerplant 19MDP-63CR 19 KW 1ph 230 / 115v 60 Hz to replace (currently using 6 KVA air cooled genset) Desalinator - Sea Recovery SRC 1500-2 AWM 1500 US gall / day, currently decommissioned requiring replacement membranes Refrigeration - R-12 system to replace due to phasing out of refrigerant Air Conditioning - R-22 “chiller” reverse-cycle system to replace due to phasing out of refrigerant Electrical system - Lighting – 110v DC - Electronics – 24v DC Tankage - Diesel total 4,000 litres / 880 gallons in 4 tanks, plus 400 litres / 88 gallons in day tank - Fresh Water total 2,500 litres / 550 gallons in 2 hot dipped galvanised steel tanks
Navigation Communication and Electronics
- Furuno FR Radar 1510D / 72nm range, dual VRM, dual EBL - Codan fully synthesised SSB transceiver 8528S with antenna tuner 9103 - Icom IC M-59 Euro VHF - B&G / HS 921Log / sounder - Furuno FE 400Recording sounder - Nera Mini-M World Phone (service currently suspended / handset cable to replace) - NOAA weather satellite receiver - Dartcom WinSat Pro Marine - Weather fax receiver
- 12 man liferaft (nearing end of useful life) - 5.5m Gemini hypalon / neoprene inflatable with 40hp Tohatsu ob - 12ft pulling boat - Full set life jackets 6 crew 6 guests - fire extinguishers - Verey pistol - EPIRB
1906: Launched for James Hartley Burton (b. 1865? d. 1937?), of Beaumaris, Anglesey, (Royal Anglesey Yacht Club). He sailed to New Zealand on his maiden cruise. The last entry in Lloyds Register under his name is in the 1915 edition.
1917: Sold to Lt Commander Henry W.A. Adams RN, Southampton (Lloyds UK). The foremast was lengthened during this period and she could now fly a flying jib.
1920: Owned by / chartered to Herbert W. Warden Sr., "Stonehanger", Salcombe, Devon (American, NYYC Member, Living in Salcombe and Palm Beach among other places). Changed registry to US flag in 1921.
1921: Sold to Raphael Emanual "Billy" Belilios (b. c.1881 - d. Nov 28, 1922 in London), He lived in London but had business interests in Hong Kong. He used her on one 2 month cruise then she stood 14 months on a slipway in Hong Kong until purchased by Ellis after the death of Belilios.
1922: Sold to Dr. Robert Hale Ellis 1878-1963, Portland, Oregon, sailed to USA 13th May to 19th July 1923. Ellis cruised her in local waters.
c.1925: Sold to Eugene (Fritz) Overton 1880-1970, Los Angeles, re rigged as staysail schooner. Cruised twice to the South Pacific (1927 and 1938). Atlas-Imperial Diesel installed 1926.
1942: Acquired by US Navy for $20,000 from Eugene Overton. She was operated out of Washington State. Apparently the boom was shortened and a standing backstay installed at this time. For a time she was thought to have been armed with one 50 Calibre machine gun. (good luck).
1946: Owned by James K. Baird, 2503 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle (Lloyds).
1947 - 1951: Owned by H. C. O'Hanlon & J. S. O'Hanlon, Seattle, Washington (Lloyds). The story goes that the O'Hanlon brothers ran guns to Costa Rica in 1948.
1953: William K. Pratt, Seattle (Lloyds) sailed to Hawaii 1953.
1954 - 1955: Dwyn Wen Cruising Club Inc., Coronado, Ca. (Lloyds).
Acquired by Ted C. Kistner, San Marion, California.
Cruised to French Polynesia from Hawaii in 1956. There was a book written about the trip by Rita Kistner (South Sea Adventure Cruise) that can usually be found on the internet.
1957: Acquired by Carlton Peterson, California.
1959 - 1960: Reacquired by Ted Kistner.
1961 - 1969: Byron J. (Jim) Walters, San Pedro (Lloyds).
1963: University of California Oceanographic Expedition to the South Pacific. There is an article and pictures available about the cruise.
1970 - 1972: No owner listed in Lloyds - possibly owned by Parsons at this time.
1972 ?: Sold to Leonard H. Parsons and 'Truck' Campbell. She operated out of the West Indies and later chartered to Travel Services (Seychelles) Ltd., Mahé, Seychelles.
1974: Bought by Travel Services for charter in Seychelles and reverted to British flag.
1977: Sold to John R. Guthrie, refitted and offered for charter in the Maldives and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean & South East Asia.
1984: Underwater body copper sheathed at Vosper Thornycroft, Singapore.
1985: Rammed in the Borneo River. Refitted Bangkok.
1991: Arrived Durban for refit prior to chartering. There is a Sea Breezes Article May 92 by William Bolton about the History of the DWYN WEN.
2006: Chartering in Comores.
These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.