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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Soft Spot

I've always been drawn to the sturdy pilot cutter and was happy today to read that Swansea Museum has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.The £50,000 cash will go to the fund for the continued support of Olga, Swansea Museum's Bristol Channel pilot cutter.

While trying to discover more about Olga I learned that I am not alone in my admiration for Pilot Cutters. Several yards in the UK are still producing and maintaining these fine work boat.

Working sail is one such yard. They also have a great website with a great video.

RB Boatbuilding Ltd's site has some good photos too, and an interesting history of various pilot cutters.

The video here is of West Wind, a Colin Archer designed Pilot Schooner:

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