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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    that ETM was living in Inverkip in Scotland from 1923 to 1930 From 1930 to 1935 he was overseas and we suspect he was based at Berehaven Ireland in 1936 From 1945 48 his address was the Rocquaine Hotel Torteval Guernsey From there the trail goes cold Further updates on his past will be revealed as we learn more The Siege of Kut al Amara At the time this was regarded as the greatest military disaster to have befallen the British Army The Turks besieged Kut from 25th November 1915 to 29th April 1916 It lasted 147 days and exceeded the siege of Ladysmith which was just 121 days During the siege conditions in Kut deteriorated rapidly Rations were cut and horses and mules were killed for food There was also a ceaseless long range artillery attack on the town which gave the garrison no rest no part of the town was safe and the casualties mounted Morale fell especially amongst the starving Indian infantry who refused to eat the flesh of the horses and mules In a final effort to get food through to Kut the Royal Navy sent in a river boat the Julnar crewed by volunteers She was stopped by terrible gunfire from the Turks and most of her crew were killed Messrs Cowley and Firman the officers in charge were posthumously awarded Victoria Crosses for their bravery As food supplies were totally exhausted General Townshend surrended to the Turks on 29th April 1916 The casualties amongst the Allies were 1585 killed 721 died of disease and 1886 were wounded Over 12 000 men went into captivity and over 4 000 died in appalling conditions as they were force marched from today s Iraq to Turkey en route to a number of prisoner of war camps Major

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    member of the Royal Gourock Sailing Club and also The Island Sailing Club and had her own unique flag a copy of which is in the 1946 edition of Lloyds Register of Yachts Maybird s name was changed to Maya in 1942 when Major E T Martin was her owner The name change to Maya the two hearts on the flag and the common surname Martin all point towards husband and wife but this is not proven yet The last reference found so far for Maya Martin is that in 1951 we believe she was living at the Rocquaine Hotel Torteval Guernsey Whether or not she was Hawkes niece Mabella and together with her sister possibly nicknamed Birdie Maybird is a combination of their names currently remains a mystery Provenance Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO Fred Shepherd Fred Parker John Jack Tyrrell Owners Lineage Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO Major Erskine Thackeray Martin DSO Maya Martin Howson Charles Devitt OBE John Russell David Armstrong Sandy Mill Mike Brucie Shallcross Robin Macdiarmid Trixie Newton Darryl Hughes Voyages England to New Zealand South Pacific Cruise Doves Bay to the River Hamble Ditty box Jim Smith the Berthon connection Maybird in print 43

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    background it is not surprising that Howson Devitt learnt to sail at a very early age On his application form to join the prestigious Royal Cruising Club he states that since 1932 I have sailed to Cherbourg St Malo Benodet Rotterdam and Amsterdam and have taken part in numerous ocean races including the 1939 Fastnet Race in Lara In addition to the RCC he was also a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club RORC the Royal Thames Yacht Club and the Royal Southern Yacht Club Similar to Maya Martin Howson Devitt had his own unique owners flag which looks like a derivative of his family s shipping company flag Devitt and Moore Radar and Bawdsey Manor During the 1930 s the British government was conducting research into what we now know as radar A small group of scientists were based at Orfordness in Suffolk and in 1936 moved into Bawdsey Manor which was located nearby The famous scientist Watson Watt was the first supervisor of Bawdsey and he and his team developed radar technology By 1939 Britain was protected by a chain of coastal stations designated CH stretching from Scotland in the north to Ventnor on the Isle of Wight in the south As the Air Ministry ran Bawdsey the RAF took an active interest and opened a training and operational school at the Manor Its graduates like Howson Devitt took over the chain s operations One of the many books detailing the pioneering work done at Bawdsey is titled The Invention That Changed the World and it is fascinating that Howson Devitt played his part at Bawdsey Devitt Maybird He bought Maybird in 1947 from Mrs Maya Martin and as he lived in Essex Maybird was based on the East Coast during this phase of her life Howson

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    were 24 hours long my father told us that after normal day s end the German aircraft would go back to base and my father would look for wonderful wild flowers during the short summer It was at some point when my father was in Rodney that he performed an act of quiet heroism The ship s big guns were supplied with ammunition via a hoist like a lift shaft from the lower deck one day some ammunition got stuck in the hoist so he took off his jacket climbed down and freed the ammunition This action only came to light after my parents were married my mother found the suede under jacket that my father had been wearing at the time and which had got covered in grease She took it to the cleaners where it was recognised by the boyfriend of one of the assistants who told my mother the story Later on around 1943 he was drafted into the team which planned the invasion of France on D Day It is my belief that he may well have been the originator of the idea inspired again by The Riddle of the Sands if you turn the idea of Germany invading England on its head you get the idea of England preparing an invasion using similar creeks and harbours on the south coast of England like Lymington Beaulieu and Poole Harbour After the invasion was underway I think he went back to Rodney at Scapa Flow in 1944 for a while as he told us how he learned to play golf there it was not entirely successful as whichever way he hit the ball it went into the sea Then he was sent to the Admiralty in London this was the period of the V1 and V2 rockets and he had to sleep in a duty flat in Admiralty Arch so life was fairly exciting He was still in the Navy after the war had finished when he met my mother who also lived in Lymington They had not however met before this They married soon after he was demobilised in June 1946 My grandfather George gave them his 36 ft 9 Gauntlet yacht Lentune which he had had designed and built in 1937 by H G May of the Berthon Boat Co to replace Joyce as a wedding present he did however come with the happy couple on their sailing honeymoon as my mother had never really sailed before Lentune is an old name for Lymington I was born in 1947 and went sailing from the age of two years When however my younger brother was born my father felt that Lentune was a bit small so she was sold and my father bought Maybird in 1950 I think At the time she was called Maya and this was the name by which she was known for the next thirty years He gave up racing as he said it was no good if you had a family

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    There was a civil war going on at the time and Robin spent 3 years there By 1947 the Cable and Wireless team had been transferred back to civilian status and Robin had to decide where his future lay He had three options continue to work for Cable and Wireless work on a pearl lugger off Broome in Western Australia or become an orchardist in what was in those days a small township in the Bay of Islands Keri Keri He chose the latter course and settled in Keri Keri with his wife and childhood sweetheart Renee Over the next 30 or so years Robin and Renee developed a very successful orcharding business and had five children It was in these years that Robin s love of sailing and the sea came to the fore probably inherited from his father His first boat was a Ralph Sewell designed and built shallow draft cutter called Marguerita Robin and his family regularly sailed her in the Bay of Islands Robin had always hankered to make more long passages out to the South Pacific and during the late 1970 s began to look seriously for a suitable boat He bought Maybird in 1978 from Brucie Shallcross and spent the next couple of years bringing her up to scratch for such a voyage An account of his family s voyage to Tonga Fiji Vanuatu and New Caledonia can be found in the Voyages section Robin MacDiarmid 2009 Maybird was also used for coastal passages to Auckland and to the Poor Knights Marine Reserve Robin s daughter Ali a renowned marine biologist with a specialist knowledge of crayfish conducted many weeks of research at the Poor Knights from Maybird in her role as dive support vessel Maybird was also used as a sail training vessel

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    in Esher Surrey She worked for the BBC as a programme maker for many years prior to emigrating to New Zealand Trixie is a very keen racing yachtswoman and Maybird was entered into most of the Keri Keri Cruising Club races whilst in Trixie s ownership Her cruising ground extended to Auckland in the South and Whangaroa in the North Trixie Newton 2009 It was under Trixie s ownership that Maybird went walkabout one windy night on the Keri Keri inlet The wind was blowing from the East directly into the Bay and Maybird s mooring chain parted company with the concrete block that acted as an anchor She drifted in the inlet and was beached on a rocky outcrop near Goat Island Fortunately the rock was covered in seaweed which gave a much softer landing New pieces of planking were scarfed into her starboard side planking The Kiwi shipwrights did a really good job and we have left well alone during her recent renovation as their repair could not be bettered Trixie stills lives in Keri Keri and her house overlooks Dove s Bay where Maybird was moored for many years Trixie sold Maybird to her current owner in 2000 as the maintenance required was getting a little too much Trixie has continued her love of sailing and regularly sails Sagacious her wooden Robert Clark designed sloop from Maybird s old mooring Sagacious competes regularly in the Keri Keri Crusing Club s racing fixtures as well as the Tall Ship s Race at Russell each January in the same spirit as her elder sister the good ship Maybird In addition to her business interests Trixie makes radio programmes about travelling Provenance Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO Fred Shepherd Fred Parker John Jack Tyrrell Owners Lineage Lt Col WCW Hawkes

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    22 Audacity made of cold moulded marine ply From there he graduated to Aiokee a classic Nicholson 32 Darryl first clapped eyes on Maybird in 1990 in New Zealand s Bay of Islands and never fully recovered Provenance Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO Fred Shepherd Fred Parker John Jack Tyrrell Owners Lineage Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO Major Erskine Thackeray Martin DSO Maya Martin Howson Charles Devitt OBE John Russell

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  • Maybird Classic Sailing
    Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO Fred Shepherd Fred Parker John Jack Tyrrell Owners Lineage Lt Col WCW Hawkes DSO Major Erskine Thackeray Martin DSO Maya Martin Howson Charles Devitt OBE John Russell David Armstrong Sandy Mill Mike Brucie Shallcross Robin Macdiarmid Trixie Newton Darryl Hughes Voyages England to New Zealand South Pacific Cruise Doves Bay to the River Hamble Ditty box Jim Smith the Berthon connection Maybird in print 43

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