Today’s post features Aries, seen above off Gulf Harbour Marina back in Jan 2015. Photo ex Ken Ricketts, sorry the photo is a little blurry – KR has upgraded the camera since then:-)
Aries is a stranger to me – anyone able to shed some light on her provenance?
Input from Harold Kidd
Owen Woolley built her in 1957 for Max Burrett. Her original engines were twin ex-USN 6 cylinder Chrysler Crowns of 1943 vintage, later replaced, as Russell so accurately remembers, with twin Commer diesels when Ed Carter bought her c.1967. She was a Registered British Ship and in Lloyd’s Yacht Register so tracking her details is easy.
The Commers were flat 3 or 4 cylinder 2 stroke diesels originally developed by Tilling Stevens which Rootes Group bought out post-war, hence the type “TS”. Aren’t they inspired at least by Continental practice, Sulzer? Hispano-Suiza?
One of my uncles (ex-Ray Vincent) ran TS3 Commers and swore by them for power and economy. I always liked the tearing calico sound they produced.