Wherry Yacht White Moth: history
The last wherry yacht to be completed, White Moth was also constructed by Ernest Collins, making her a sister vessel to Olive and Norada. She has the most chequered history of the three, and unlike the others she was built for a private owner, Arthur Moore. After being bought back into the Collins sailing fleet in 1921, she was then a houseboat from 1956-62 at which point she once again went into private ownership. From this time there were periods of restoration and disuse culminating in being saved from destruction by Colin Facey in 1985 and restored over four years by Maynard Watson. This restoration was done with the hire trade in mind rather than pure tradition, and she is the only wherry yacht to feature showers. Since then she has operated as a charter vessel, latterly with the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company, before being sold to Andrew Scull and beginning to take passengers for Wherry Yacht Charter.
More details of White Moth can be found on the National Historic Ships Register and in this restoration archive. Some work has been done since her NBYC days including restoring the mast and vane to traditional condition, adding a steel keel, returning her coach roof to traditional linoleum, and fitting an electric motor. Current plans are to remove one of the two toilets/showers to permit galley improvements.
White Moth's history has led to a slightly different layout to her sisters Olive and Norada. Three port-side double cabins are complemented by the saloon which, as with all our wherry yachts, converts to two double berths. Two of the double cabins also have a single hammock which can be used by a sole occupant if they prefer. Internal accommodation is completed with a combined toilet/shower, a second toilet, and a through galley. Unlike the other yachts, the saloon is to the fore and so the well is accessed from the corridor - although this is the skipper's area when sailing, once moored it is an airy extension to the living quarters and a route to the spacious counter-stern. A canvas well cover is provided for night-time and inclement weather.
The historic information on this page is based in part on Richard Johnstone-Bryden's ebook Norfolk Wherries. To find out more about Richard's work please see his website.