Zelva

Previous names include ‘Julnar’ and ‘Joan’.

Originally named ‘Julnar’, she was commissioned by Sir Maurice Fitzgerald Bart and built at the yard in which A E Payne Snr. had been partner. (The original ‘Julnar’ was a 96′ ketch designed by William Fife (Jnr.), was also built at Southampton by Summers & Payne to the order of Sir Maurice FitzGerald, the Knight of Kerry, in 1909).

Available information cannot be said to be comprehensive, however what exists is of good quality. Lloyds register have a First Entry Report, together with a 1/12th scale construction drawing, and an Annual Survey Report carried out on 21st April 1910, at which point her name had been changed to ‘Joan’.

“She was owned in the fifties (late) by a docks pilot in Port Talbot, under the name ‘ZELVA’.

Beken of Cowes has 3 good quality photographs of her, one taken in 1908, one in 1956 and one taken in 1959.   These two later images show her with a bermudan rig, a pulpit and a grab rail extending aft to a position abeam of the cockpit, and the Sail No: 110.

In 1936 she belonged to an ancestor of Hubert Saint-Clivier.

While in need of a comprehensive restoration she is very much alive and relatively safe in a shed at the Maritime museum in Swansea having been berthed at Mumbles.   She was rescued by the museum and spent a number of years as a floating exhibit in Swansea Marina, until her condition became too precarious. I visited her in the early part of 2005, and wrote a survey report.

Information courtesy of David Seer and the 6-Metre Association

 

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