The 'Scone', when owned by Steve Mallett

With reference to your website and the ”Scone”.

Peter Wilder’s reminiscences about his time in Scone are excellent. I have met up with him and his wife, Pamela, at Benfleet recently.

Just for the record… I re-rigged the Scone with the help of my wife in 1977/79. When I bought her she was an un-rigged hull having previously been a houseboat for a while. Prior to that she was trading as a commercial motor barge.

I was mate of her for a short while in 1969  when she was commercial and Peter then shipped as mate as recorded in his memoirs.

When I sold her she was laid up in ‘winter trim’, ie spars and standing rigging in place and all the running rigging and sails stowed below.

Everything was neatly stowed and labelled.

The pictures are of Scone racing during my ownership, this would be 1981 or ’82.

The Scone racing on the River Orwell
Steve Mallett
The Scone racing on the River Orwell
Steve Mallett

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  • Hi Stephen,

    I managed to contact Diana Craigie, a lovely lady who gave me some history of the time that she had the Scone. She purchased it from David & Clare Hunter whom I’m trying to contact. Do you recall who you sold it too please as I believe there may have been an owner between yourself and The Hunters.

    By Kevin Smith (07/11/2019)
  • Thank you Steve for replying. I heard that Diane Craigie, the photographer owned the boat at some stage. Do you know if Diane is still about please? Or do you know of any later owners?

    By Kevin Smith (04/10/2019)
  • Oak and leather seating ex ‘Mauritania’. This certainly wasn’t a feature aboard ‘Scone’ during my period of ownership. I did hear that the subsequent owner fitted something similar, but like all antiques I would really check it’s provenance .

    By Steve Mallett (29/09/2019)
  • I have been asked to help sell an oak and leather seating unit used in the Scone and would love to learn more about its history. I’ve been told by the widow of the owner, Martin King, that it may have come from the Mauritania.

    By Kevin Smith (28/09/2019)

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