Moorish, Leslie.


February Press, Windsor, 1st.ed., 1985. 224 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings & a plan. D.j., 25 x 20cm. FINE. The story of the sole survivor of a once vast fleet of West Country ketches which the author found derelict in the Hamble river. With loving care he rescued the 85-foot long vessel, restored her (despite a fire on-board during repairs) and took her back to sea under sail. The IRENE had been built in 1907 and had sailed engineless until 1919 and had continued her working life with her rig cut down until she retired in 1960 and was left to rot. This is the story of one man's dream to save a British coastal sailing vessel ; a relic of a bygone age. Illustrated with photographs, drawings and a double-page plan. FINE copy.

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