DETAILS of CarlottaBuilt and designed by W.H Halford Gloucester, England
Built : 1899
Length on Deck: 50 ft
Beam: 13 ft
Displacement: 28 Tonnes
Draught: 8 ft
Carlotta was originally launched as "The Solway" at the W.H. Halford yard in Gloucester at the head of the Bristol Channel. Halford built at least two other Bristol Channel pilot cutters on similar lines to the Solway: including the "Britannia", and the "St.Bee's". Carlotta is the sole remaining example from the Halford's yard. Halford's boats differed from other pilot boats by having several unique features. The bowsprits were not always offset, instead being placed on the centre-line of the vessel. Also, they featured 'Valkyrie' bows - straight stems with substantial rake. And in addition to the internal ballast, an external iron keel was fitted.
Some of Carlotta's scantlings are significantly heavier than comparably sized pilot boats. Her framing is six inches wide with only six inches in between each frame and - in addition to the 3" x 8" bilge clamp - she sports two 3" x 8" shelf clamps, one on top of the other, the full run of the vessel. Other than these items, she is planked of pitch pine and elm with an elm keel and iron fastened just as her sister ships, and is fitted out on deck and below in a similar fashion as well .
Carlotta's construction was monitored closely by a retired Pilot. When completed she was put to work in Maryport and Whitehaven as a fisheries police boat. In 1907 she was replaced by a steam driven vessel and as a result sold off as a yacht.
Carlotta has been owned and sailed by pilots, princesses, viscounts, lords, criminals, Churchill’s cousin and an illegitimate line of the royal family. Her history includes a daring escape from Guernsey in World War II. She’s been laid over by hurricane force winds until the mast trucks were almost hitting the water, she’s raced successfully against Twelve-metres, the British Army Training Manual was written on board, and a porpoise once swam across her foredeck in a Scottish gale! She’s been dropped four feet from a travel lift, towed by rowboat completely around Texada Island, and made ocean passages averaging 180-mile days. Carlotta is once again sailing after an extensive seven year refit by the Mohan family in British Columbia.
Traditional Sailing School
We offer traditional sailing instruction for all ages aboard Carlotta. Learn to sail a gaff rigged vessel in the company of friendly knowledgable crew. Work at your own pace through our curriculum of seamanship, navigation, rigging, and maintenance. We are based on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia and sail out of Powell River - the gateway to the designated marine park of Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands.