The Stories of the Dido C and the Ceres
The Story of the "Dido C" the last of the West Country Ketches (69 pp.) and The Ketch "Ceres" 1811-1936 (70 pp.) by Charmian Astbury. Published by Saphho Publications, 43 North Street, Northam, Devon EX39 1DH. Both priced £ 4.50 each inc. postage
Charmian Astbury has published these two brief memoirs of West Country ketches. I must declare a family interest in the first, as my grandfather, Steve Chugg, was the owner of "Dido C" for her working life in the West Country. Charmian knew the Dido in her last years, after she was sold to Scotland, and followed her trail.
As well as a history, it is a story of exploring sources and tracking down information, which will itself be a familiar path to many members. Whilst I knew the broad outline of her history, there are very many interesting details, and of course the well known photo of her on Morte Rock "parked" at an acute angle, in 1936.
One family tale to add to the story, is that in the late...
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From a member of the Chugg family of Braunton, whose father sailed on the Dido-C,(and who well remembers Dido, the daughter who the boat was named after), I have a lovely sketch of her at Velator drawn by Braunton artist William Atkins who was the son of L Chugg.
Two excelent books by an author who has put much work into both books tracing their history and demise