The Cariad: photographs aboard another historical top sail ketch, built in 1896

21 04 2010

At berth across the Vega on display at Boat Asia 2010 was another historical top sail ketch, the Cariad, a purpose built racing yacht. The Cariad, named after the Welsh word for “Sweetheart” was built by Summers & Payne in Southampton for a Lord Dunraven in 1896 and is currently in magnificent condition, having undergone a full restoration in Korat, Thailand. It was certainly a treat to be able to step onto her expansive wooden deck and into the gleaming wood panelled accommodation below decks.

The Cariad in 1896 (source:

Designed by A. E. Payne, the Cariad’s hull is constructed of teak wood laid over a steel framework. The Cariad has an length overall of 118 feet, a beam of 81 feet and a draught of 12 feet 6 inches. She is currently powered by a 240 HP diesel engine. More information is available at the Cariad’s website.

The Cariad is a 114 year old top sail ketch built in Southampton.

Stern of the Cariad.

Polished wood name plate.

Ship's bell.

The helm.

The fore deck.

Rigging on deck.

The main deck.

Ropes on deck.

Compass repeater on the main deck.

The newly restored ketch is on sale at a princely sum of USD 3.5M.

Accommodation below decks.

The lounge below decks.

The heads.

A stateroom.


Hydrostatic information on the Cariad.



42 responses

21 04 2010

Really great sailing ship. I love those old historical ships. When looking Your photos from Cariad, I have to say that it is magnifiant. In my country we have plenty of old steam ships which are making cruises on our lakes. But steam ships and sailing ships, they differ so much from each others. Last summer we had here Tall ship Race and then I saw how beautiful sailing ships can be.

You made great post from Cariad. Thank You.

21 04 2010
The wondering wanderer

Sartenada, thanks for you comments. Yes, she is isn’t she! I love the old sailing ships – I have always been fascinated with them since seeing the silhouettes of the clipper on the Old Spice logo in my childhood. I guess your country has a great shipping tradition – would love to visit it! I am in Singapore where we do have a quite a lot of shipping passing by – more for commercial purposes than for leisure – so it nice once in a while to have the opportunity to visit a historical ship. There were actually two on display, the other was the Vega, which was built as an opened deck stone carrying ketch in 1893 which I mentioned in a previous post. It’s wonderful that you have a chance to witness the tall ship race – tall ships are my favourite and there is nothing like seeing a tall ship in full sail – truly magnificent! There was a visit by the Russian merchant navy training tall ship the Pallada recently to Singapore as well in which I have a few photographs posted … you may want to visit the post. I visited your blog – and you have very beautiful and stunning photographs on your blog!

4 11 2010
Ted Atkin

It is lovely to see the Cariad looking so beautiful. I worked on this boat for a few months in 1953. I joined the boat in Sydney, Australia and we sailed to New Guinea, Timor, Mauritius and others. I left the boat in Capetown, South Africa. The skipper at the time was Alan Ball. The voyage was going to be longer but Mr Fitton’s (the owner) partner died so it was cut short. I have about half a dozen photos from/of the boat taken at this time which I would be happy to scan and circulate if anyone is interested.

4 11 2010
The wondering wanderer

Ted, thanks for sharing that! Wonderful to hear from one who has actually worked on the Cariad all those years back – wow! Thanks for the offer to scan photos from your voyage with the Cariad – it would be good if you could scan a few which I can add to this post to add a bit of history to it, which you can email to me. Thank you. 😀

2 03 2012
Ian Knipe

That would be great ted

5 05 2014
Simon Bath

Hi Ted, I am guessing you might have meant Alan Bath rather than Alan “Ball” my father was the skipper on Carriad for that voyage as far as I am aware, unfortunately dad has now passed but if you do have any more info about the voyage I would to hear from you.

5 05 2014
Margaret Atkin

Hello Simon, Sadly my husband Ted Atkin died last August aged 88. He died suddenly but he would have enjoyed your email. He was always hopeless remembering names so your father was very probably his skipper. We have some of his photos from that time. Margaret Atkin

5 07 2019
Kym Clayton

Hi Simon
My dad was one of the crew on that round the world trip and he kept a meticulous diary from the date he joined on 23 November 1952 (his 20th birthday incidentally) and I am busy transcribing the diary as I would like to put a book together. He also gave me all his photographic slides so I will include all these photos as well.
I would love to get in contact to get as much information as I can if you are willing to assist.
Kind regards
Kym Clayton (nee Penrose)

15 10 2019
Yola Bergh

Hi Kim

My father, Ted Orzechowski, skippered Cariad around the world too. Do you know of any records available of the various trips Cariad made over the years. I’d love to have some photos as well! Regards Yola Bergh nee Orzechowski

Sent from my iPhone


12 09 2016

Hullo Ted , just wondering if you have any photos of my father Ted Orzechowski?

2 03 2017
Andrew CUlly

Hello Ted, Just seen this and would be keen to get the photos you talk about to add to the page I have for Cariad:
My e-mail is
Look forward to sharing from you.

Best, Andy

2 03 2017
Yola Bergh

Hullo Ted,

I’m looking for any photos of Ted Orzechowski, my late father, who skippered Cariad for a few years on some epic journeys around the world.

I love this blog too

Many thanks
Yola Bergh

5 05 2011
jominder sohivideo

It is good to see this beauty restored. My video productions team captured the moments from the time it was bought by Mr. Stuart Williamson in Thailand and than via Singapore, Langkawi (Malaysia) and finally to Satun, Thailand. Met a wonderful team of experts during our work and Mr. Des Kearns was an excellent Captain of this project. Fond memories will remain of The Cariad and the happy hours in Satun town after work ( a small fishing village ) . A special word of thanks to Mr.Williamson for inviting our team to be part of this history. Plenty of videos and photographs of the transformation. Who ever buys it , will buy a rich history which is priceless. USD 3.5 million for this beauty full of history and labour of love is below market, if l had the money, l won’t be writing here 🙂

2 03 2017
Andrew CUlly

Would be happy to get the video and other photos online on

25 11 2011
Jeff Mills

This lovely ship was restored in Satun, Thailand not Korat. There is not even a small river in Korat just rice fields. I worked on the restoration and supplied the teak decking. I also designed supervised the construction of the main mast which is a composition of Douglas Fir and Sitka Spruce. To be part of that project was one of the real highlights of my life. She is one very beautiful vessel and it was an honor to be part of the project. She was restored with love and I hope those who own her treat her well. If I had money I would have her, $3.5 is a steal.

31 01 2012

My brother was part of a syndicate of young men who bought Cariad as a hull in 1969 and who sailed her in the first Cape to Rio race. The restoration and repair of Cariad was a most exciting experience for those young men and their friends and family. Thank you Cariad, thank you!

8 04 2013
Trevor Richards

Jean – and I was the young man (15 at the time) who went overboard off Cape Point while en route to Cape Town for the race! My brother, Alan, was also aboard
The owner back in the 40’s A.W. Flitton, was my great uncle

20 02 2012
Cpt.Ian Knipe

The last time i saw her was in the 60s i think when she was in Simonstown and my sister and i were invited on board for a meal one evening.She is looking great fair winds!

2 03 2012
Ian Knipe

Who remembers this old beauty CARIAD

4 03 2012
Edward (Ted) Atkin Happy sailing. Ted ATkin

I was a crew member on the Cariad on the voyage from Sydney to Capetown via New Guinea, East Timor, Mauritius in 1954.
I have photographs of the Cariad and some of the 7 crew plus the owner and the cook who was a Zulu.
Are you interested in seeing photographs from that time?

5 03 2012
Ian Knipe

Ted I would love to see the photos regards Ian Knipe

8 04 2013
Trevor Richards

Ted – Alan Flitton was my great uncle and my family owned the boat briefly after he died. My brother Alan sailed from Cape Town to Rio in the race in the early 70’s while I did the leg from Durban to Cape Town and was stupid enough to fall overboard off Cape Point. (Goes without saying that they were able to find me!).Would love to see what photos you have

2 03 2017
Andrew CUlly

Hello Ted, Just seen this and would be keen to get the photos you talk about to add to the page I have for Cariad:
My e-mail is
Look forward to sharing from you.

Best, Andy

16 11 2012
Lynne Wade

Hi. My uncle, Barry Forster sailed round the world on Cariad from 1948 to 1950. . he left from and returned to Cape Town. They nearly sank off the Cape coast on their return. The captain was Ted Orzekovsky (???), a gorgeous Pole, (according to my mum!), was the captain at the beginning of the trip..We would to see some more photo’s.

2 08 2016

The gorgeous Pole was my father, Ted Orzechowski, who passed away many years ago now.

6 07 2013
Christine Wolford

I am wanting to know anyone who was on board Cariad 1 1948 SouthamptonUK FRANK MORGAN ONE OF THE YOUNG CREW ARRIVED IN BRISBANE RIVER QLD AUSTRALIA APRIL 1950

6 07 2013

My husband Ted Atkin signed up as a crew member in Sydney in 1953/54 and sailed to South Africa. The Skipper was Alan Ball and the owner who was on board was a Mr Fitton. Ted worked in South Africa and then Zimbabe and returned to Australia in 1956. He is well at 88 years and enjoys reading about The Cariad. Margaret Atkin

17 10 2013

Hi Margaret , well wishes to you and Ted and at 88 still going strong, keep well.

We have some good pictures taken during the restoration, will send when time permits..


4 02 2017
Christine Wolford

Hi I have not looked at this sight for some time, 3years maybe, looking for any information re Frank Morgan, his date of birth, his address, if anyone knows him, knows if he is still alive, he may be my biological father. The Cariad,1 photos are very beautiful. Christine Wolford

16 10 2013
Jeff Marlow

Worked aboard CARIAD I while in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, W.I., Windward Islands circa 1976/77. Many fond memories. Owned by a syndicate formed my a Mr. Seymour Marvin if memory serves.

4 10 2014
Jim Donald

I have never seen “Cariad”, except in photos, but I have a New Zealand timber built double ender “Tiare Taporo III”. She is an English Gauntlet design. We had heard about Des Kearns and his team and just after he had moved to Krabi Boat Lagoon in Thailand we arrived there and had maintenance work carried out by Des and his team. Part of this work involved raising the cockpit sole and the teak used came from “Cariad’s” original caprail. We feel very honoured.
Des had sailed as a young man in 1964 aboard the original “Tiare Taporo” which was an island trading schooner built in Auckland NZ for my great grandfather in 1913. So there was already a strong connection.
Jim Donald

20 10 2014
Jacek Orzechowski

Hi Ted,
My Father was Ted Orzechowski, who skippered Cariad on a circumnavigation in the early 1950s. Would love to see any photos you may have..thanks.
Jacek Orzechowski

27 12 2014

I was the skipper on this boat in the early 60’s, it was owned by the Ratray family from Durban who bought it off Captain Hardman who used it for gun running down the east coast of Africa. We spent considerably monies renovating it including new steel frames, removing the keel and fitting new keel bolts and then re-coppered the whole boat, also a new rudder was constructed

2 03 2015
Gillian Ferreira

My husband, Mike Ferreira, was the mate on board ‘Cariad’ in 1960/61 in Durban when she was owned and skippered by John Hardman. He had intended to use her for charter but ran out of funds when a large cargo of orange wine he was exporting to (I think) the Congo was impounded during the war there.
John Hardman had been a gun-runner to Israel, so it was not surprising that when they did a trial run to Lorenco Marques, the Mozambiquan navy arrested the ship on arrival. However they found no guns despite a very thorough search.
To make amends, they wined and dined the crew and painted the ship where needed and also fitted her with a fine set of ‘baggy-wrinkle’ made by Portuguese sailers. I have the newspaper cuttings from the time.
The trip was a record breaking one at the time, 36.5 hours from Durban to LM despite the mainsail being unusable.
John Hardman was an extraordinary character. Apparently later in life he ‘found God’ and built a ‘prayer boat’!

4 09 2015
La Lune Orange (@laluneart)

My father, Athol Chomse, was involved, in some way, with the syndicate that owned Cariad in Cape Town. I would love to know more about her. I was brought up on stories of Cariad, and she has always been central to my imagination of far-flung places and adventures beyond the horizon. I am delighted to see her restored once again.
Michael Chomse

25 06 2016
Peter Haydock

Just for interest,the Cariad spent Christmas of 1952 at St Helena.My father was doing a bird survey of the island at that time and the crew had Christmas with us in Jamestown.I was going through of some old things of my parents and came across a post card from Suva,Fiji,from the crew of the Cariad,wishing them for Christmas.It was signed by Pete Colvill.Another crew member we kept contact with was Pim Pensow(not sure of the spelling)My brother and I spent many happy hours playing on board,whilst she was at St Helena.

13 07 2016
Gillian Hughes

Can you tell me if this vessel was used by the RAF in WWII on the Firth of Forth in Scotland,as a mooring for a barrage balloon? I am trying to check on information given by my dad (now deceased)

11 09 2016
chris parker

just to add to this history I lived and worked on Cariad during the winter of 1971 through to June 1972 making several trips up and down the Islands of the West Indies. Skipper was Nigel Ayles with his lovely wife Joan and the mate was Robin Fabig along with his girlfriend, a NZ girl whose name escapes me right now. My friend Ken Steinmetz and I joined the crew in English Harbour, Antigua right before Christmas and immediately left on charter. Over the next few months we did quite a lot to pretty the old girl up and had a wonderful time being a part of the life of such a historical and storied yacht. I have many photos of this time. I was very pleased to see her restored and hope she lasts many more years.

12 09 2017
Duane Miller

I would love to see some of your photos of Cariad . I was a visitor on Antigua at that time as was fortunate to go aboard on a day sail and met Robin and his girlfriend “Kathy”. What a great experience !!!!!!! My email address is
Best Regards,
Duane Miller

4 07 2017


I am very interested in finding out what the current situation is with Cariad.

Does anyone know where and what condition she is in.

Please do be in touch, very best and many thanks.


2 09 2017
Yola Bergh

Please forward any information you might find as I’m also interested in following cariads journey. My father, Ted Orzechowski, skippered the yacht around the world

5 07 2019
Kym Clayton

Hi everyone
My dad (Vernon Penrose) crewed on Cariad from Nov 1952 to Aug 1954. He kept a meticulous diary of events and I am using this to put a book together of the trip with his photographs.
I would love assistance with information or old photos from this time if anyone can help.
Kym Clayton (nee Penrose)

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