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Albert Strange Association January Newsletter

Hi <<First Name>>,

Greetings Strangers,
There is a sense in which like minds are not strangers, more so in this case.  Strange thoughts.

I believe most of you have seen our effort for rescuing Tally Ho gearing up with a JustGiving appeal under way.  Research is also ongoing into the cost of transport, land and sea.  Member Rupert Ayton, out of Portland, Oregon, has been investigating options for storage and restoration in the Pacific Northwest, much appreciated.  Tally Ho needs all the help we can get!

The ASA AGM convenes in a few days with 21 signed up as attending.  Should be fun in Scarborough with the Friends of Albert Strange exhibition ongoing at the Scarborough Art Gallery, with smaller display in the Library.  These Yorkshire types have just come from the exhibition opening and seem to be having fun. 

 I expect a Facetime connection to the big meeting but will miss out on the other fun.  I do look forward the more productive discussion and decision making however.  If you can’t make the big Meeting you have some months still to make your way to Scarborough to celebrate Albert Strange on the centenary of his death.

This has been a strange winter here in New England.  Warm/mild most all of January.  Winter with snow and cold the first two weeks of February, then (contrary to the fabled groundhog’s prediction) warm again the the rest of February with a few days over 60 degrees F here above 1300ft elevation where I write.  Thunder storms of rain the last couple of days.  Strange.  Makes me want to have that Strange boat in the water for some New Year’s sailing.  Well it will be coming soon!



Thad Danielson

ASA Hon Sec

You can view Thad’s blog here, and read his story of the first three Fastnet races.
F R I E N D S  OF  A L B E R T  S T R A N G E  E X H I B I  T  I O N
By Patrick Argent
An exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of the renowned artist, writer, teacher and yacht designer Albert Strange was opened at Scarborough Art Gallery with the attendance on Friday, by his great grand-daughters Wendy Bowers and Kate Fozard.

With speeches from co-organiser Austen Sleightholme and Wendy Bowers, the exhibition staged in the gallery's Community Room, recounts Strange's prolific life and legacy including his career of 35 years as the first Head of Scarborough Art School.

Member of the Albert Strange Association Austen Sleightholme commented:
"Having both studied and taught at the School of Art I discovered through the Albert Strange Association the legacy that had been left by him. Generally little is known of him by generations of past students who have attended the School and indeed by the general public.
He was tremendously talented artist and designer who during his thirty five years as the first Head of Scarborough School of Art spent his time encouraging all those who sought his help."

Albert Strange's great-granddaughters Wendy Bowers and Kate Fozard jointly said:
"Our family is honoured to be part of this celebration of Albert's life and achievements. We are grateful to all those who have worked so hard to bring the exhibition to fruition"

The exhibition at the Art Gallery is on view until Sunday 19th March from 10.00am - 5.00pm (Tuesday to Sunday).
An accompanying exhibition "Three Men and Their Boats", featuring creative work of three members of the Humber Yawl Club (Albert Strange, George Holmes and John Henry Lonsdale) which includes examples of drawings, paintings and printmaking, is also on display to the public at Scarborough Library until Saturday 18th March.

Picture caption:

From left:
Exhibition co-organiser John Hobson, Albert Strange's great-granddaughters
Kate Fozard and Wendy Bowers and co-organiser Austen Sleightholme.

I have a water colour on the lounge wall of a fishing boat on a beach somewhere in Scotland and it is signed Albert Strange, who happens to be my great grandfather on my father's side of the family. I have often wondered if my children and I have inherited our love of Scotland from him, but other than the fact that I knew he had been an art master at Scarborough Art School and had designed some yachts, I knew little about him. He died before my father was born and really was not mentioned much at all.

Recently however; maybe due to the fact that my Dad is gone and my Mum's memory is fading fast, I have been wondering about my ancestors and so I googled Albert Strange.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that there is an Albert Strange Association with members all over the world and a Friends of Albert Strange Society based in Scarborough. Seemingly 9 of the yachts built using his designs are still sailing from harbours around the world, the oldest being 113 years old!

I contacted the Friends of Albert Strange and to cut a long story short, found myself speaking to approximately 50 people yesterday evening at Scarborough Art Gallery and with my sister, officially opening a month long exhibition to celebrate his work and his life.

Strangely, (pun intended), at the exhibition I saw for the first time a photograph of Albert and his family dated around 1900. His daughter Dolly (real name Dorothy) would have been about 16 then and I honestly I thought I was looking at myself aged 16 wearing Victorian clothes. The resemblance is uncanny. Sadly, she died aged 21 of TB but the necklace she received for her 21st birthday was given to me some years ago by my Mum, (that's one story that was passed down through the generations). 

It turns out, our Albert was very highly regarded in Scarborough, at the age of 27 he had already exhibited several times at the Royal College of Art in London and he was headhunted by the governors of the new art college for the position of Head, which he held for over thirty years. He was a founding member of Scarborough Yacht club and Chair of the Hull and Humber Yawl Club for many years. He sailed all over Europe, painting and writing for sailing magazines as he went. He was also a keen musician, writer and speaker, all traits I can see in own children. In fact, my eldest daughter is Head of Art at an Academy in Grantham and a fine artist in her own right. 

I have found out many wonderful things about Albert and his wife Julia and their lives during the last 24 hours and am amazed that so many people around the world are sailing his boats, collecting his art and keeping his story alive.

I feel like I have been in an episode of "Who do you think you are"!

Sometimes, we are so wrapped up in our own busy lives, we forget to think about past generations and the fact that we owe our features, our characteristics and often our talents to them. Standing in front of a large photograph of Albert yesterday evening, I hoped we were all doing him proud.


Kate Fozard
I was surprised and thrilled to receive an unexpected invitation to the ‘Private Viewing’ of an exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery to mark the centenary of the death of my great-grandfather, the “artist, boat designer, educator and raconteur”, Albert Strange.
 If truth be known, reference to Albert (other than being told that he was an artist and one-time Head of the Art School in Scarborough) had not featured large in family lore and, given the esteem in which he was obviously held by the scores of people at the viewing on Friday evening (23rd February), I can only assume that this was Quaker humility and reticence at is best.
            Certainly, as I approached the gallery with my younger sister, Wendy, my feelings were mixed - those of excitement, anticipation, and intrigue were coupled with some anxiety and apprehension, given how little I knew of Albert, his life, or of art in general.  But what an evening it turned out to be!
            The exhibition had been conceived, planned and presented by the ‘Friends of Albert Strange’ -  a group quite rightly named, as the obvious respect, esteem and love in which they held Albert and all things associated with him would, I am sure, have made him proud to have called them such himself.
What was evident to me as I wandered round the exhibition, was the painstaking care that had been taken in the presentation, the wide scope of its coverage and the inclusion of a great deal of historical information, of which even I, as a family member, had no knowledge.  It was clear that here was a man who had made an impression, not only during his lifetime, but for 100 years afterwards through his diverse skills and achievements.
            It was amazing (and quite surreal) to see in one place so many paintings, sketches and boat designs by Albert Strange as I had no idea that such a volume of work even existed; and this was, I gleaned when talking to members, merely a sample serving to represent his many talents.  How proud I felt - on his behalf that he should leave such a legacy, and on my own that I was lucky enough to be included in such a momentous celebration by virtue of familial association.     
As I left the gallery I realised my feelings were very different to those I had experienced at the onset.  Now I felt overwhelming gratitude, appreciation, pride, and yes, that old Quaker quality, humility, in the company of such supportive, interested, and dedicated people.
On behalf of Albert, our heartfelt thanks to you all.
We are very grateful to Patrick Argent for his articles and the press coverage he has managed to secure for the Albert Strange exhibition.
AGM Weekend Schedule
Friday night arrive when you like, meet upstairs in the Lord Rosebery, real ale and food until late.
Saturday morning two exhibitions to view and a walk down to the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.
!.30pm Muster at Woodend, in the Crescent for the AGM at 2pm.
About 4pm... or maybe 5pm Nick Taylor will give us a talk. He may have veered off subject so no title as yet.
&.30pm The Courtyard Vernon Road for dinner.
Sunday 11am down to the harbour and coffee courtesy of our cousins at the Scarborough Yacht Club.

The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre’s new exhibition reveals three interesting links with the Antarctic. Firstly, 2017 marks the centenary of the return to Britain of Ernest Shackleton after his traumatic escape from disaster in Antarctica. We reveal the six crewmen aboard the expedition ship, Endurance, who fished, worked or lived in Yorkshire. Ernest Shackleton was on an earlier expedition with Captain Scott. Scott’s wife supplied the team with ganseys and one of them will be on display in the Centre. 
Secondly, the Centre’s president, Martin Johnson, travelled to South Georgia and Elephant Island in 2012 retracing Shackleton’s voyage. Martin took some amazing photographs of the route and environment that will be on show. He reveals some stunning landscapes that bring to life the beauty and harshness of Antarctica. 
Finally, a rather unexpected connection with Yorkshire is that a steam trawler, the Viola-Dias, built in Beverley in 1906, lies abandoned in South Georgia.   She was a typical steam trawler used on the Yorkshire Coast and was requisitioned by the Admiralty as a minesweeper in World War One. She ended up in Antarctic waters on sealing trips.  She has been rusting away there ever since but a group in Hull is hoping to bring her back home for Hull’s City of Culture in 2017.
The Centre is open from 11am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday, entrance free. 45 Eastborough, YO11 1NH.
On Saturday and Sunday Mark Vesey will open the Heritage Centre at 9.30 am specially so ASA visitors can have access

Tally Ho

Tally Ho is one of the few interesting vintage yacht restoration projects remaining and she needs a new owner.

She has been in the care of the Albert Strange Association since the death of her previous owner ASA member Manuel Lopez.

Tally Ho, was designed by Albert Strange in 1909 for Charles Hellyer, who required a seaworthy cutter for his leisure use. 

In 1927 under the ownership of Lord Stanbridge Tally Ho won the Fastnet Race mainly thanks to her ability to push on through very rough weather. Tally Ho! has had a colourful life, she was a trader in the South Seas where she was wrecked on a reef, rescued and rebuilt, a family cruising home and latterly a fishing boat out of the port of Brookings in Oregon where she now lies until June of this year when she must be moved or destroyed as the port authorities need the land she occupies.

We believe she could be restored for far less than the cost of building a comparable yacht from new and here is a craft with 110 years of history and a proven pedigree from the drawing board of a master designer.  She has all the beauty of an Albert Strange design with the seaworthy capability of a pilot cutter. The ASA Tally Ho Team who are working hard against the clock to effect a rescue would be pleased to receive suggestions for money raising or places where the word of  Tally Ho’s plight should be broadcast.

Her new owner is out there, he just does not know about her yet. Try these links for more detail.

Albert Strange with Stow & Son: Tally Ho - Sandeman’s …

Tally Ho (yacht) - Wikipedia

As many reading this will know already, our long-standing member Trevor Pallett sadly died suddenly from a heart attack on 16 February. In the nature of a distributed organisation like the ASA, we did not get together with him very often -- we would generally meet him at our AGM and our annual sailing meet on the east coast -- but I hope you'll agree that our combined memories and photos create a brief portrait of a very well-liked and fondly remembered friend.
Jamie Clay writes: "It must have been an ASA annual general meeting, but I can't remember which, when I first met Trevor. A surprising fact, when one reflects on his immense - immensity. His huge frame, huge voice, huge capacity for beer and huge capacity for reflection upon an immense variety of topics. But Trevor was a very gentle giant and this, with his quiet but irrepressible sense of humour endeared him to us all. 

It took me a long time to realize the depth of his interest and enthusiasm for the canoe yawl. In fact I think I had received the down-payment and ordered the first batch of timber before I realized that he was serious about building to the lines of Albert Strange's Cherub II. It sort of crept up on me amid copious discussions about the possibility of the project, including one immense phone call in which I remember we tried to formulate a Contract for the job which covered what should happen in the event that either of us departed this life while the boat was unfinished. I don't think we ever did sign a contract. 
The scaling up of Cherub II to the maximum size which would still allow her to navigate the inland waterways - a beam of 6ft. 10in.,  produced a hull of 23ft. and was thereafter always referred to by Trevor as Cherub two-and-a-half. Fabian Bush drew up the lines and I got started.

I scarcely saw Trevor. He was working out the last few years of his time in the post-glory period of Coventry's great engineering epoch, and commuting to work in a trio of cars dating from that epoch, only one of which was brought to road-worthy condition by the time each Monday morning arrived.  Alongside this distraction, he was engaged in an ongoing and fairly urgent project to underpin the house, as well as playing rugby. My imagination could not easily conjure either of these concepts, so I concentrated on the business of building the boat.

The hull, centreboard case and ballast keel of Cherub 2 1/2 were duly completed and shipped up to Warwickshire where Trevor was to complete her. Not long after this, he came across George Holmes' famous Eel for sale, and Eel it was who turned his head and became the focus of his tremendous commitment to get her restored and in commission.
Trevor had views, in particular about the quality of British engineering (and probably lager), but I never heard him speak ill of anyone, and I shall always remember him very fondly."

Regarding Cherub two-and-a-half, Trevor stored the hull upside down in a farmer's field and work stalled for many years, until one day he dropped by to check on its condition -- to find a sheep had taken residence beneath it and had died there. This he took as perhaps a conclusive indication that she would never be completed in his hands and he began to seek a buyer.

Trevor was not unduly bound by social norms, as this memory from Tom Holdich indicates: ​We first met him at the Maryport meeting in early 1992 I think, and the whole membership assembled on the closing (Sunday) morning to see quite how he and Mary were going to fit into the tiny little car that they had arrived in – a subject of fascination and ‘back room discussion’ over the weekend!
Later on, in July, we all met up again in France – for the Brest ’92 sailing and boating extravaganza, and again he was the centre of attention, as a rapt audience of French, English and Albert Stranger’s and other ‘boaties’ watched with fascination as he clipped his toenails – without removing his plimsolls – as our “main exhibit” one afternoon on the Albert Strange Association stand,  his toenails having worn their way through the ends of his shoes!


At our AGM gathering at Beverley in 2011 John Hobson recalls Trevor's unbounded glee on discovering that beer at the White Horse was only £1.15 a pint.

George Holmes's own, self-designed seminal small yacht Eel somehow survived from the 1890s to the turn of this century, when she fetched up at Alan Staley's yard in Faversham, Kent, her owner commissioning Alan to get her back into commission. After a few years the owner, an Englishman based in New York, seems to have died, at any rate all communication with him ceased, and Alan was left 'holding the baby', in due course obtaining title to the boat in lieu of unpaid bills. Along came Trevor in 2008 to take her over and fund Alan to finish the job, which was completed in the last year or so. Alan has written: "I only knew Trevor following his purchase of Eel in 2008, and her subsequent restoration here at Faversham. He visited as often as possible to watch progress. With his passing we have lost someone who was prepared to invest time and money in the preservation of things unique and special. The world needs more people like Trevor to look after our heritage."

We are all delighted that, as the accompanying photo shows, Trevor did get to enjoy some well-earned time on the water in Eel.
I remember Trevor for the breadth and depth of his knowledge, the pleasure of conversation with him, and for wit of a dryness which may have passed many by. I recall in particular an Albert Strange meet on the Walton Backwaters eight or nine years ago. He and I were on board my small Strange yacht Constance, and I managed to put her on the mud at Stone point one evening on the wrong side of low water. Efforts to kedge off being in vain, I plied Trevor with tea and hot bacon rolls as we waited for the water to return. Adequately fuelled, he treated me for some three hours to an exhaustive survey of the heyday and subsequent decline of manufacturing industry in the English Midlands, a subject of which he clearly had inexhaustible knowledge. Motorcycles and armaments played a significant part in the story, and he had just digressed slightly to ponder whether the UK-spec version of the Belgian FN automatic rifle could use English .303 ammunition (if I remember correctly), when Constance's movement told us the water had returned, and we could set off to rejoin the anchored fleet in the Walton Channel.

Trevor's widow Pat has written to us:

"Because Trevor's friends are scattered around the country and many of them over 70, I am going to have a direct cremation (like David Bowie) and keep the ashes until I pop my clogs too. Thought his friends could have celebrations. I do hope that the AS will have a drink to him. I would love to have more anecdotes, the ones sent to me really cheered me up.  He wore his yellow anorak to a wedding and they had to photo shop it out of the photos! The boys at the marina called him "big foot". I did think about a Viking funeral but didn't think the Broads would go for that. Think I will have a memorial bench at Horning if I can arrange. There is a lovely spot on a green overlooking the river and he spent a lot of time there.

I am getting a copy of Dusty Miller's "A Pub with no Beer" for the Norfolk celebration as he sang all the words to the landlord when they ran out of "real ale".

Thanks for the good wishes and support.  I will miss my lovely, gentle, funny man."


-- and so will we all, Pat.
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