The Kathleen & May is the last surviving top-sail schooner in England. Built in 1900, she was named after the two daughters of her owner and captain. This schooner spent most of her working life as a coal carrier between South Wales, North Devon and the southern coast of Eire (Ireland). Although in recent years, the Kathleen & May was chartered by a French company to ship wine to England claiming it was environmentally friendly transportation under the use of the sail. I wish more companies would follow their example.

On this particular day I was a little unlucky as a sea-mist blew in at the crucial moment of photographic capture, plus the fact she was weaving her way down the river out into the open sea quite quickly. This was her leaving her home port for the last time to take up a new berth in the north of England.

Her most famous claim to fame was the ship and named the "Charlotte Rhodes" in the BBC series "The Onedin Line" during the 1970's.

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