ID TXA00070

TitleYacht ERIDANI 2 built Wyatt Mersea 1957-1959
AbstractIn March 2009, the Museum had an enquiry from two brothers who were about to embark on the restoration of a Yacht called ERIDANI 2. They knew she was built in West Mersea by William Wyatt between 1957 and 1959. She was designed by a man called John Sloggett and has a Lloyds registration number. They were looking for more information.
Research by the Museum found there is quite a lot known. Two local shipwrights, John Milgate & Dick Gladwell, helped to build her with Jack Emeny who was the senior boatbuilder at Wyatts at that time. Jack unfortunately has died but John and Dick are fit and well. Dick in particular knows a lot about Mersea and Wyatts and remembers ERIDANI 2 well. Neither can remember the name John Sloggett and they think that Jack Emeny drafted out the lines.
She was built for Jack Massey who owned the first ERIDANI. The Museum has 2 photographs of her. Tragically, Jack Massey was drowned going off to ERIDANI 2 in Thornfleet by falling out of the dinghy. Both she and ERIDANI 1 were skippered by local men, 'Taffy' Milgate and Ed Wyatt.
Published7 March 2009
SourceMersea Museum