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Does anyone remember the Pertelote?
She was a regular visitor to the basin at Kirkwall in the late 1960s being owned by a farmer on Stronsay.
She had a black hull back then.
Am trying to put together a web site about her and would appreciate any information.
I was at Kirkwall Grammar in 68-69 and a member of the Sea Cadets
Picture added on 28 October 2014 at 21:53
Think that the owner was Mr Hugh Birley of Huip Farm Stronsay. He and his family sailed the Pertelote all around Orkney each summer, think that she was overwintered somewhere south.

Added by Alastair on 30 October 2014
Hugh Birley (hope my spelling is correct) who had Huip Farm in Stronsay was the owner.
Added by Willie Mackay on 31 October 2014
Had a trip on her from Stronsay to Kirkwall with Mr. Birley and family on a beautiful summer's day around 1969-70. Great people - lovely boat.Black hull is correct.
Added by Keith Dennison on 17 November 2014
I worked as a nanny for Hugh and Jill Birley in Sparsholt, Hants. Summer of 1967. We sailed on their boat Pertelote that summer. She was moored at Newton Ferrers. I have a good photograph.
Added by Jane Midgett Harvey on 14 August 2017
I remember the boat in Kirkwall basin but wouldn't have been able to recall the name of it. Was also in Sea Cadets for a while and can clearly remember Brian at School!
Seem to recall him having a mishap on his bike at bottom of East Road!
Added by Richard Bevan on 01 April 2018
The Pertelote was I understand built by Moody’s yard in I think Southampton in the late 1950’s. Hugh Jill
and the Children sailed up the North Sea from Southampton in the Late 1960’s.

I would say no earlier than 1968 she arrived in Stronsay and sailed back South the same Year.

Came back North around 1970 and remained in Stronsay for a year or two.

The family and the Boat went back south as the The Farm in Wiltshire needed some help.

The Ship came back to Orkney when Hugh sold Huip and bought Woodwick house.

He lived in Orkney after I left in 1980.
Can’t remember when she was half wrecked in a Storm while anchored in Woodwick Bay which was quite shallow.

She was sold to someone who could afford to repair the boat.

Hugh and Jill moved to either Caithness or Sutherland he was almost completely deaf the last time I had contact with him.

I believe a simple Google search reveals the Ship is now in the Med or was last time I searched.

Sailed on the Little Hen any times as Jill called it.

Had a wonderful trip out from Kirkwall with Kieth Dennison on his dads boat gorgeous summer morning.

Was at Huip for seven years myself.
Added by Jim Moodie on 02 September 2019
We bought her from Hugh and Jill circa 1974/5 and took her south to Norfolk. She had a black hull then. We sailed her around the east coast until we had to sell her on as we planned a family move to the Isle of Mull and knew we would have little time for pleasure sailing. Instead, we took on an estate and bought a boat to transport tourists around the little isles, for seabirds, wildlife trips. I wrote a book about our journeys and it sells on Amazon. Island Wife. I would love to know where Perty is now. My husband died last August and I can no longer ask him so many things, including questions about the Little Hen. However, I may be able to help with bits of info if anyone wants to contact me. I am so glad to have found this site. thank you.
Added by Judy Fairbairns on 09 May 2021
I looked over her on the Dart in the 90,s she was in a fairly poor shape I saw her a few years later and she had been sold and extensive work done raising deck and looked really nice
Added by Keith James on 31 January 2022
My brother owns this boat. She is in Holland in dry dock, and facing a very uncertain future. She was bought by my brother and his wife as a lifetime joint project, but sadly we lost his wife last year, and the dream is over. They have spent a fortune over the years on her, but having children slowed them down a fair bit, and although near completion before Deb's illness, she remains in dry dock and my brother can't face resuming the project alone. I crewed her from Dartmouth to deliver the boat to them after they moved to Deb's home country to raise their kids. She is an absolute beauty. So was Debby.
Added by Rachel Wild on 20 April 2022
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