Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Herbert Thom's Canna
Above is a famous shot of Canna going like a rocket with, I think, Kilcreggan in the background, which would indicate she's in a stiff South-westerly breeze.
I'm not sure of the identity of the photographer, but guess it may have been Ian Gilchrist of Garelochhead and Windward Publications fame.
You can see the exposed propellor shaft of the wing engine. Also the mast is bending, so the luff of the mainsail has gone a bit slack.
Herbert Thom bought Canna in 1948, and it interesting that in 1952 she still had a painted hull, as he eventually had her topsides stripped and varnished, as with all his boats. He reasoned that they were lighter without numerous layers of paint.
I've just finished the fairly mammoth task of writing Herbert Thom's sailing biography. You can read it on http://www.scottishislandsclass.blogspot.com