Hello Scorcher, I was born on Keywadin a converted Fairmile b. in 1953, which was moored in the middle of Cubitts yacht basin. You can just make out the stern of the boat in the oil painting in one of your links. I have recently discovered a photo album with pictures my father took in the 1950s and 60s. I think my sister has the album, I will check .Thanks for those comments bulto .(Thumb)..just for the record I will post some info on the ARMADALE CASTLE -Union Castle-blt 1903-12973 tgr b/up Blyth 12-6-36.
I assume Toughs was the same as Tough & Henderson, tug owners?
Great to read your posting pappag....I remember the vessel and look forward to hearing about your searches! As I say it would be good to do a painting of the basin. Thanks a lot! (Thumb)Hello Scorcher, I was born on Keywadin a converted Fairmile b. in 1953, which was moored in the middle of Cubitts yacht basin. You can just make out the stern of the boat in the oil painting in one of your links. I have recently discovered a photo album with pictures my father took in the 1950s and 60s. I think my sister has the album, I will check .
Hi Judith - just saw your post, a little late. I am investigating the history of a motor yacht called Seran built 1926 in Chiswick and also member of the British Motor Boat Club which was, I think, based at Cubitt's Yacht Basin from 1926.My God-mother Myf Prys was the manager of the Basin during and after the war. She lived on SS Hiberna. No Photos I'm afraid, the odd story half remembered as a child. Her pride was that every useable craft was made avilable for Dunkirk those that were suspect of not being "friendly" were towed to the middle of the basin and left.
Scorcher, I have cleaned up some old photos of Cubitts Yacht Basin that should be of some interest to you. I have put them in the gallery, so if you look under pappag in the search box you will find them there. Regards pappag.I am trying to locate any photos of Cubitts Yacht Basin
situated near Chiswick Bridge, where the boat race ends.
I lived in Chiswick when I was young and dreamed of living
in an house boat there when I grew up.They redeveloped
it and all trace was lost. It was a magical retreat from the
hurly-burly of London.Plane trees surrounded it and a motley
collection of vessels were nestled in the rectangular basin.
I remember a Victorian steam yacht with clipper bow and
yellow funnel bedecked with geraniums, several MTB"s
converted to houseboats and several other craft.
It was an artist"s paradise and several actors/actresses
and writers lived there I believe.
I have been googling until goggle eyed but have traced
nothing of note.I would like photos to base a painting on.
This would be 1940-1950"s.
A pretty obscure request I know
but worth trying I hope?. Thanks for reading this.
John Wiltshire brought Ariel and became a close family friend, my mum and dad lived on Blythe Spirit then Sea LionMy father owned the Ariel and I lived aboard as a youngster. He sold it in about 1953. I would be interested to know what became of her. The vessel was moored two away from the barge Hibernia
did you know that the Amazon is now lited as one of the top Sailing Yachts in the world oh and I now live in mass too near the seaHello Scorcher, By a fluke I found your original Cubitts (Sp!) posting. In the 1960s I lived there on a 40 ft retired fishing vessel--Takoma. I was a young actress at the time. My first husband and I bought Takoma at its Cubitts mooring only to discover the owner of the basin had sold the basin to a developer. The residents banded together to fight eviction and try and protect the basin. A test case went through the courts--including having the court come down to Cubbitts to see if we were protected under a then new law that protected mobile home owners from eviction--i.e., we made the case the boats were our homes. Sadly, we ultimately lost on a technicality and were made to remove our boats. So yes, I can vouch that the creative colony you recall did exist! I now live in Massachusetts USA.
BTW: I watched the refurbishing of the Arthur Lowe boat described in an earlier post.
Thanks boat.nick for your comments I am gradually able to build up a list. Arthur Lowe would have been proud of her status.Amazon is now listed as one of the top 40 sailing vessels in the world, if i remember Tacoma was moored near Ariel and next to a 40 ft watson lifeboat