The chain

I am link number 7. And, thanks to an old article by Andrew Pool and to Anders Lindgren (link #4), here is the full sequence.

Brian Bleasdale had Mea built in 1959 in Hong Kong to the ocean cruising design, though with the standard rig, and began a leisurely cruise home to England which was to take him three years. His first year took him to Borneo, and next to Ceylon and South Africa, and during the third he reached Falmouth, England. There Mea was laid up in a mudberth, apparently unloved and forgotten, until Bleasdale’s death in 1967 some five years later. His charts and log were still on board. 

The second owner was a Swede, Adde Welander. He sailed Mea to Sweden, probably singlehanded. Then his wife died in a car accident, and he never made any more voyages in Mea. She laid, totally painted white, in a canal in Norrtälje, and slowly decayed.

The third owner, Ivar Olsen, a Norwegian living in Stockholm, bought her from Welander. Ivar played the French horn in a symphony orchestra in Stockholm. He never did any long-distance voyages but worked steadily on Mea.

Anders Lindgren bought Mea from Ivar when he was 23. Anders took Mea on an Atlantic tour in 1987-1988, then re-decked her in 1989, helped by his friend Pierre Auzias. Anders told me that when his mum manifested her preoccupation for the planned voyage to Ivar, he replied: “Don’t worry, Mea will take care of him.” 

Anders decided to sell Mea in 2000, and contacted David Morris, a UK broker. David liked Mea a lot and decided to buy her for himself. However, a couple of years later he sold her to Robert Hedges, a professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. In 2005 Robert had the engine replaced to her current Beta 13.5hp. I bought Mea from Robert in September 2018.

3 responses to “The chain”

  1. […] A couple of years later the first two boats to this design were commissioned. Speedwell of Hong Kong was subsequently sailed back to England by Peter Hamilton and Icebird completed a comprehensive Atlantic circuit with Dr. Joe Cunningham. In 1956 Hamilton then sailed another ‘standard’ Vertue, Salmo, single-handed to Labrador. In 1959, Mea herself was completed by the famous Cheoy Lee shipyard in Hong Kong, and began her leisurely three-year cruise to England with her first owner Brian Bleasdale. So by 1960 half a dozen Vertues had already completed many thousands of ocean miles. Mea eventually reached England and in later years she made an Atlantic circuit under Swedish ownership, as can be seen in Matteo’s excellent website about the boat: […]


  2. […] I once read the story of Humphrey Barton who had to deliver a Vertue from Laurent Giles’ headquarters in Lymington to a client in Wales, a 300 miles job. Once in the Channel, he looked at his mate: “Right or left?” he asked. And they turned left and sailed to Wales “the wrong way”, a 1,500 miles anti-clockwise passage around Britain, just for the pleasure of it. And this is only one of the many stories about Vertues, the little boats with a big heart. Like David Lewis on Cardinal Vertue finishing 3rd at the first Ostar, behind Francis Chichester and Blondie Hasler (“The ship would not travel due West”), or other noticeable transatlantic crossings, including that of Barton himself (“Vertue XXXV”) and David Woolass (“Stelda, George and I”), David and Daniel Hayes sailing around the Horn on their Sparrow (“My old man and the sea”), the circumnavigation of Peter and Jill Hamilton (“The restless wind”), not to speak about the many passages and voyages that have remained undocumented, including the maiden voyage of my own boat Mea from Hong Kong to the UK, in 1959-1962. The last time Mea saw the Ocean was in 1987-1988, with an Atlantic tour under her fourth owner, the Suede Anders Lindgren. […]


  3. […] Anders Lingren wrote to me: […]


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