William Fife CAMBRIA

Fife “Cambria” Specifications:

ex 1934 – 1962 Lilias

LOA: 135′ 0″ * LOD: 111′ 0″ * LWL: 78′ 0″ * Beam: 20′ 5″ * Draft: 9′ 3″ * Ballast: * Displacement: 162 Tonnes
Sail Area: 8,270 sq ft * Yard Number: 758 * Hull material: Steel * Rig: Bermudan Cutter * Designer: William Fife III * Type: 23 Metre Class * Built by: William Fife & Son, Fairlie * Year Built: 1928 * Restored By: Fairlie Restorations * Current Name: Cambria * Original Owner: Sir William Berry * Current Owner: 2004- Cambria Yachts Limited * Sail Number: K4

Known Racing History: ?

Ownership History:

2004 – Cambria Yachts Limited
2001 – 2004 – John David
1995 – 2001 – Denis O’Neil and John David
1986 – 1995 – Charlie Whitcombe – New Zealander
1973 – 1986 – Michael Sears – American
1964 – 1973 – Georges Plouvier – Home port Pireaus
1962 – 1964 – Belgian Consulate, Andre’ J.M. Verbeke
1936 – 1962 – Harold Giraud – Port of Chios, Turkey
1934 – 1936 – Robert McAlpine
1928 – 1934 – Sir William Berry

Known Restoration History:

2004 – Southampton – Refit and new mast of Spruce Pine
2001 – Spencer Rigging Limited – Converted back to the Bermudan rig qualifying for the America’s Cup Jubilee.
1994-1995 – Norman R. Wright & Son’s, Brisbane, Queensland – refit
1984 – New Zealand refit
1974 – New Mast – Mainmast 119 ‘8″ Mizzen 75’. Spencer rigging re-rigged to ketch

Historical:

Forerunner of the J-Class Yachts – Launched in May 1928 Cambria was the first of a new generation of Big class cutters.

 

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  1. admin

    Hi friends, Back in 1964/65 I was Maitre de Voile Sailing Master in Cambria, which was an articled ship on the Lloyds register necessitating a sailing master when using the sail. George Plouvier a very good man employed me and I rounded up a crew of yachtsmen in Cannes for the trip down to pick up’ Salvatore Dali the great artist for a sail. The Artist wished to see Cambria leave under sail with a Sirrocco arriving and we carried full bundle main, genoa staysail and flying jib in a full blow for 2 days, exciting passage .My buddy from Norway Ulf was my right hand man and in the difficult seaway the flying jib parted became a sea anchor nearly took the mast out.We carried sail to Palma and then Gibraltar. I have a photograph of myself at the original wheel of Cambria a great yacht and a part of my life.I have a 30 ‘ yacht for company and have owned SPICE RACING CARS for over 20 years with a factory in Germany and East Ukraine. Some interesting things occurred on the Cambria. It was great to be moored alongside Zacha Errol Flynn,s former great schooner at Palma. Best wishes to all involved with the good ship Cambria, John Tainui Deller,

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