Oil on board.
Cariad, Welsh for “sweetheart”, was the largest Arthur Payne yacht
ever built (1896) and quite possibly the largest gaff ketch ever
built. Commissioned for the 4th Earl of Dunraven, in May 1898
she competed in Lisbon for the ‘Vasco da Gama Cup’. It was a regatta
to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Vasco Da Gama’s voyage around
the Cape of Good Hope to India. Cariad achieved 1st place and
returned home to the Royal Yacht Squadron with the Cup.
At Boat Asia 2010 Cariad was in magnificent condition, having
undergone a full restoration in Korat, Thailand. The Cariad’s
hull is constructed of teak wood laid over a steel framework.
She has a length overall of 118 feet, a beam of 81 feet and a
draught of 12 feet 6 inches. Powered by a 240 HP diesel engine.
where she is now, but in 2010 she was up for sale at 3.5 million