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There’s something quite remarkable happening in the PSS shipyard in Satun: it’s the restoration of the classic yacht, Cariad, built in 1896 by Summers & Payne of Southampton, England, for Lord Dunraven. She won the 1898 Lisbon to Bombay Vasco Da Gama Cup and she is the largest and oldest gaff ketch in the world today. Yet just a few years ago, she lay rotting at pier in Laem Chabang after being abandoned by her Japanese owners. It took the foresight of businessman and yacht enthusiast Stuart Williamson to bring this beautiful vessel back to life.

In 1993, Cariad was left abandoned by the Japanese corporation that owned her as it was about to go bankrupt at the burst of the Japanese economic bubble. The Japan Charter Yacht Association heard about her and decided to see if she could be saved. They took up a collection from interested members and bought Cariad from the corporation shortly before it went bankrupt. Extensive repairs were done in Singapore.
For a while, she was active as the flagship of the Japan Charter Yacht Association in trying to promote charter sailing and ocean leisure in general. But from 1996 to 2004, she fell in to disrepair again and was virtually abandoned in Tokyo. In 2004, she was sailed to Thailand and left at anchor offshore Laem Cabang.....

Great story as she's still in immacolate condition but no doubt longing for cooler climes!
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