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The Volant

The Volant was owned by William Foubister, Mayfield, Kirkwall between 1912 and until after his death 1919. Can anyone provide any information on it?

[Date estimated - Steven]
Picture added on 16 February 2015 at 19:37
Nice-looking vessel. Brigantine rig.
Added by Ian Hourston on 16 February 2015
In Sinclair Ross's Sail Ships of Orkney under the list of Sailing vessels registered in Kirkwall 1844-1953, the Volant is described as a Schooner of 94 tons, built in Banff in 1875, owned by William Foubister of Kirkwall and sold to Annalong, Ireland in 1916.
Added by Eddy Ross on 19 February 2015
I described Volant's rig as brigantine because her whole foremast is square-rigged, but it seems I was wrong. A book I have says calling a schooner with square-rigged foremast a brigantine (as was commonly done) is 'somewhat improper'. I hate to be guilty of impropriety, so I'll switch to an apparently more acceptable name: hermaphrodite brig. But she's basically a schooner right enough.
Added by Ian Hourston on 22 February 2015
Have just come across your website and was very surprised to see a picture of the Volant in full sail.As stated the Volant ended up in Annalong Co Down a fishing village at the foot of the Mourne mountains around 1916.This vessel was skippered by Captain William Purdy who was my great grandfather and crewed by other family members one of whom was my grandfather Hubert Purdy.If any one can give me more information about this vessel I would be most appreciative.I believe her Bowsprit can be seen to this day outside a pub in Falmouth England as a consequence of being shipwrecked of the coast.

Added by John Ryan on 21 September 2015
The Volant was built for my great grandfather, Capt Kenneth Sinclair of Castletown, Caithness using timber he had brought from the Baltic. His 3 brothers and a cousin all had ships that sailed from Castletown. I heard that the figure head was in a chandlers in Falmouth.
Added by Alastair Sinclair on 18 October 2017
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