Thursday, 21 April 2011


Cygnet’s my sailing dinghy.
She’s a John Welsford designed “Daniel’s Boat”, made by Peter Murton.  Just a shade over 3m long, with mainsail and no jib.
Very easy to manage, and beautiful to look at.
Why Cygnet?  Well, my family’s business, Garnock, Bibby & Co., was a rope factory and ship’s chandlery in Liverpool, called the “Old Swan Ropeworks”, Old Swan being the suburb where the factory was.  It was formed in 1838 and sold off in the 1960s.
My ancestors were sailors, but I’m only just learning to sail.  So the Old Swan becomes the Cygnet in my generation.

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