|Paul Gockel in Canada is researching the Venetia, a steam
yacht built in Leith (at Hawthorn's yards) and subsequently fitted out at Wivenhoe. She ended up on on the Great Lakes in
According to Paul's researches, and with help from Nick Butler's book
on Wivenhoe and other sources, she was designed by a native Wivenhovian,
J.E.Wilkins and outfitted at Forrestt's in Wivenhoe in 1903.
He hopes to be publishing a book about the vessel and her owner very
soon. The manuscript presently runs to 255 pages.
Paul is an organist who made contact with Graham Wadley, organist here
in Wivenhoe at St Mary's, having found Graham's e-mail address in the
Wivenhoe Encyclopedia. This has resulted in them exchanging e-mails about
organ music as well as Graham helping Paul with research on the
Graham has got Lis Baines and Bill Ellis involved, both of whom have
spent a considerable amount of time to provide information about the
shipyard, drawing particularly on records stored in the Nottage
The picture below is of Venetia taken in Toronto in the
30s or 40s. It belongs to the Bowling Green State University archives.
||Picture of a model of
the Venetia made by Marcel Lanneval who lives in Canada. He
served on Venetia as a sea cadet in Canada as a 16 year old!