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Design No. 0078

Built for: D. D. Capper
Builder: Elkins Boatyard, Christchurch, England
Date designed: 1946

Class – Hull Number Vertue Class No. 20

Principal Design Data

L.O.A: 25’ 3½”   (7.70 m)
Datum: 21’ 6”    (6.55 m)
Beam Max: 7’ 2″ (2.18 m)
Draft: 4′ 6”  (1.37 m)
Displacement tons: 4.2
T.M.: 4.97 tons
Ballast ratio: 47.1%
Sail Area: 384 sq. ft
Rig: Bermudan Sloop


Launched in 1948 for Mr Capper, but it wasn’t until McDougall her fourth owner sold her to Cdr. A. G. (Peter) Hamilton that her story really began.

Peter had previously sailed Speedwell of Hong Kong (V44) back from HK to the UK in 1953 and although Salmo did not have an engine under Peter’s ownership and equipped only with an AA book (of roadmaps) to navigate by he sailed her to the Clyde.

Then in 1956 he voyaged alone to Labrador and laid her up to winter in Canada. He returned to England to marry Jill, and returned to Canada to continue his voyaging to the Panama Canal and on into the Pacific Ocean. These voyages were well documented in his book The Restless Wind.

Salmo was later sold in the United States and was last known under the ownership of Alan and Joan Brown who cruised to New Zealand in the mid 1980’s. This photograph was taken in 2012.


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Additional Information

Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Salmo, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

Download Drawing List

Study Notes

34 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of the Vertue class.

Model Plans

G:Laurent Giles Naval Architects (NZ) LtdProjects�950 – 0999 Salmo

Full set of Stock Building Plans

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A replica of Salmo can be constructed from the original 1946 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

Poster & Art Prints

1981 Lines Plan low res Salmo