Build Date: 1899
Length on Deck: 50 ft (15.24m)
Beam: 13 ft (3.96 m)
Displacement: 28 Tonnes
Thames Tonnage: 28
Draught: 8 ft (2.44 m)
Present Location: British Columbia
Owners: Barb Stephen Jasper Mohan
Carlotta was originally launched as “The Solway” at the W.H. Halford yard in Gloucester at the head of the Bristol Channel. Halford built at least two other Bristol Channel pilot cutters on similar lines to the Solway: including the “Britannia”, and the “St.Bee’s”. Carlotta is the sole remaining example from the Halford’s yard. Halford’s boats differed from other pilot boats by having several unique features. The bowsprits were not offset, instead being placed on the centre-
Carlotta’s construction was monitored closely by a retired Pilot. When completed she was put to work in Maryport and Whitehaven as a fisheries police boat. In 1907 she was replaced by a steam driven vessel and as a result sold off as a yacht. Carlotta has been owned and sailed by pilots, princesses, viscounts, lords, criminals, Churchill’s cousin, an illegitimate line of the royal family, and one-
Her history includes a daring escape from Guernsey in World War II. She’s been laid over by hurricane force winds until the mast trucks were almost hitting the water, she’s raced successfully against Twelve-
In the 1970’s she fell over on her beaching legs, smashing her port side frames in. That was almost the end of her, but she was rescued by Canadian Peter Heiberg who put her right again and sailed her to the Caribbean where he cleaned up in the classic race circuit before setting off to Hawaii and then home to British Columbia.
Now Carlotta is once again sailing after an extensive five year refit by the Mohan family and is ready for many more years of fantastic adventures.