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Please also note that since originally publishing this list I have now been able to confirm that, actually, the first boat built to the ‘Revised’ Vertue drawings was V 12 Kishti. So the 1-13 category has been amended.
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A Note on the Categories
The last boat of the early boats built without a doghouse that I have found was V13 Jessica ex Vertue Celia ex Coran, built in 1947 by Primmer and Snook. However, V12 Kishti was designed to the “amended” Monie drawings in 1946 and was the first Vertue with a doghouse. Certainly Serotina V14 and Marguerite of Poole V15 both had short doghouses, with single windows. These were similar in style to those of other Giles designs of the period such as the elegant ‘Brittany’ class, which was actually designed in the late 1930’s, and of course the ‘Peter Ducks’. One of the most influential designs at this time was the revolutionary Wapipi, which had the doghouse and her mast stepped on the coachroof with carefully engineered compression supports built into the cabin structure below. Both these features were evident in the revised Vertue drawings for Kishti. Later, in 1950, both Island Spell and Wellow Maid were launched with doghouse-free coachroofs having been built to the ‘Monie’ drawings.
There are also the ‘Ocean’ boats built with long low coachroofs and usually with higher topsides. There appear to be several variations of this type with different heights of coachroof. For example there are the fairly recent gaff cutters, Ceinwyn and Eleanor Josephine, both of which have quite high after coachroofs. Then there are the exquisitely built and proportioned Tui of Opua and Cilix which more closely resemble the concept sketch shown in the back of Humphrey Barton’s book Vertue XXXV: it is this sketch that most people remember as the ultimate incarnation of the fully developed Vertue ready to follow in the footsteps of the Hiscocks’ Wanderer III, to whom she bears a striking resemblance in profile.