IT WAS NICE TO SEE the photograph of the Cambria in the February 2013 issue of Sea Breezes. Both myself and my brother sailed on her in our youth. I joined her in February, 1940, and was on her as mate until October that year.
I was just over 15 then. The Admiralty stopped us from sailing round the coast, and as there was no work for us in the river, I ended up as OS on the steam tanker, Audacity.
The sail area was quite a bit larger then, and most of the time there was only the skipper and myself to handle her.
It is on record that in one race before the War, she averaged more than 13 knots over the course, which at that time was from Gravesend to the Mouse Light Vessel and back. My father was skipper of her sister ship, the Hibernia, in 1924, at the age of 20.
CAPT T R WILLIS
61 Craigmill Gardens
Carnoustie, Angus, DD7 6HX