Some years ago I had occasion to sail aboard a Hannah-designed Carol ketch on two deliveries. One of these was from Piraeus, Greece
to Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. The second was from Gibraltar
to the Canary Islands.
belonged to a colleague of mine. She'd been built by a loving owner on a Mediterranean
island who, unfortunately, passed away shortly after completing her. She was in charter service
for many years, captained by my colleague's nephew. She was all wood, of course, 38' overall and had a wishbone rig...not one of my favorites, but functional nonetheless.
As would be expected of a boat with such pedigree, she was a good sea boat and a very comfortable sailor. Not fast, but definitely not slow either. One of my fondest sailing memories is of the leg between Corfu and Dubrovnik in thick fog
....all the way up the Dalmatian coast, navigating with a radio
direction finder taking back bearings on Bari and Brindisi on the Italian coast.
Here's a pic enroute to the Canaries
, taken about 100 miles south of Gibraltar
. As you can see, I was a bit younger then :-)
Many years later I shared an anchorage with Licole
in the British Virgin Islands
, and had occasion to talk with her then owners. They'd sailed her to Brazil
, back to Europe
, and done another trans-Atlantic with her. When I went aboard she was much as I'd remembered her from the two earlier deliveries. Simple, workmanlike, functional. A very good boat whose second owner, my colleague, passed away all too soon after taking her transAtlantic to the West Indies.