Kelpie of Falmouth
Charlie Wroe, Captain of the Herreshoff schooner Mariette recently embarked on a mission to find “a suitable tender” for the big boat. Whether that was to be a vessel ready to sail or a restoration, Charlie’s boss the owner of Mariette remained open and supportive in the choice of a boat: The owner is one of the few who regularly takes the helm while racing and he gives the story of his dark, powerful schooner a new page in her book. ‘Kelpie’ was found in San Francisco, in 2011. She is a 1929, 79ft Francis Sweisguth designed schooner and was built at Harvey Gamage’s yard in South Bristol. This film covers her story so far, her delivery from America to Cornwall, UK and her restoration. With interviews from those with the aim to bring her back to her original design. This is Part 1 of 3, as Classic Yacht TV follows her restoration in Gweek, Falmouth (UK) and collates her history into a film.