Today’s photos, from the Tudor Collins collection, are of the 1938, 45′ Lidgard built bridgedecker Valsan. Harold Kidd commented previously on ww that Valsan was built for Alex Harvey Jr as a 38 footer with twin 90hp Grays. She was lengthened (as were so many of these big bridgedeckers) to 45ft by the time she went into NAPS as Z10 in 1942-3, possibly during the time she was being repaired after going up on the Castor Bay reef in February 1940. Peter Annan bought her when she was de-mobbed in 1944 and renamed her Lady Edith. Annan had been the long-term owner of the big Logan cutter Thelma. In 1948 Annan sold her to Arnold Baldwin who changed her name back to Valsan.
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Valsan, the love of Jeff Rogers Life. Great work Guys, you should have a medal for the work, love and attention you gave her.
Wonderful to see her as original, for first time, I have known her so very well from the mid 40s onwards, & knew she had been built as per the pics, but had never seen any of her — fantastic—- had coffee just recently, with AB’s daughter Maureen, — will ring & tell her about these. Great to see your input Neil, — we haven’t caught up for ages. — I too remember the Falcon era well.– KEN R
I looked after Valsan for A B with Jeff Rogers as engineer when she had the Falcons and later with the Mitsubishi diesels they were 90 hp sixes