Entry from 1939 Issue of Lloyd's Registry of Yachts; Clover is #1279
Length overall: 59'3"
Length on the waterline: 48'0"
Length on deck (I presume, not sure what "T.M." means): 52'6"
The Document number which is under the entry number 1279; The Registration number appears to be 166902?
"Oil Engine". The manufacturer is listed as National and when I looked them up I found they built diesel powered tractor engines and were based in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, England. https://tractors.fandom.com/wiki/National_Gas_Engine_Co.
We believe the original owner Eric Thompson wanted to name the boat Sea Lover but was overruled by Luke Bros!
Her sonar gear is aboard and consists of two massive broze plates each about 2' x 4' affixed to each side of the hull; inside there is a transducer mounted inside the hull in way of each plate.. see the pictures of it in this link; https://www.vetsboats.org/clover.html
We understand from the Royal Cruising Club that she and Thompson were members, and that Clover was sold circa 1960 to a British couple that took her to Jamaica and lived aboard with their young family. From there she passed into several charter owners and transited the Panama Canal in the 1970's, arriving in the Bay Area. She was donated to us in 2016 after laying dormant and uncared for for ten or more years; sinking, damaged and close to being destroyed.
On June 6th, 2021 we celebrated the milestone of putting a new deck on her, and we are headed next toward stepping her mast and rig this summer.
Helping our foundation understand this grand lady's history is a wonderfully kind gesture. We love her and and she is our obsession! And grateful for any information about her.
Terry founded WBFV in 2014 to build a community of veterans and their families around wooden boats.
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