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DESIGN :The designer of "Nelly Mathilde" was Jac M. Iversen. He was Norwegian and Colin Archer's assistant. He worked in Stockholm and after his death, all his drawings were handed over to the Swedisch National Museum and subsequently scanned into "portfolios" and put on the internet.Nelly Mathilde's drawings can be seen on the address :http://www.sjohistorika.se/sv/Fordjupning/Marketstore/Ritning/?msobjid=0001418There are some drawings that portfolio witch do not belong to her. She was designed with a Bermuda rig but her builder, Knut Aspegren, changed this rig to a gaff rig of his own design.NELLY MATHILDE AND COLIN ARCHER : Knut Aspegren, builder of Nelly Mathilde wrote : It is interesting to compare Nelly Mathilde with the lines of a pilot boat, designed by Colin Archer in 1906. This late design of his must be seen as the summit of his achievements in so far that it most likely contains all his wisdom about what a sailing 40-footer should be. Nelly Mathilde is the same size. The similarities are striking : Beam-lenght ratio, waterlines and easy diagonals. But the pilot boat has less draught and less freeboard and is more undercut at the forefoot. In all other respects a similar boat.The lateral plane is almost identical. Waterlines and diagonals are very similar. Crossections of Nelly Mathilde are just slightly more "yachty" than those of Colin Archer, which are a bit more "v-formed", giving the heavier displacement. So one can say that Nelly Mathilde is a crossbreed between a Colin Archer pilot cutter and rescue boat. Looking at her lines, one can say that she could have been designed by the master himself. Or one can say that Jac Iversen was deeply rooted in the Colin Archer tradition.HOW NELLY MATHILDE GOT HER NAME1964, was the last year of my studies at medical school. That summer y worked a month and a half as deputy for the general practiotioner doctor in my home town od Simrishamn. After having seen patients in the doctor's office during the day, late afternoon was spent making home calls to patients too frail to come to the office. Evenings and Sundays y spent working on the boat, which now was in her finishing stages.One afternoon y was called to the home of a man know in town as "Isak the Steward", because he had been a steward at sea for the whole of his life. Now he was almost 90 years old and needed medication for age related diseases. He lived alone close to he harbour in small house. He was born there and had inherited it fromhis parents. When yentered his sitting room, the first thing that caught my eye was a large painting of a magnificent sailing barque. When y asked what shipthat was, he told med it was the barque Nelly Mathilde of which his father had been the skipper for many years. She was a composite wooden ship, built in England or Scotland in the 1970-ies and sold to Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century when steam ships became competitive. She was originally a fullrigger but had been rigged down by her Swedish owners.When changing hands the ship was renamed. She got her name from her skipper's two wives, one Nelly and other Malhilde.Isak began to sailwith his father as a schoolboy in summer vacations, at that time three months long. Later, after having finished school, he became steward on his father's ship. When Nelly Mathilde finally was sold an scrapped, he continued as steward in other ships, sail, and steam, for the rest of his professional life. He had many fascinating stories to tell about his life at sea, why y visited him not once but several times during that summer. He kindly let me have the ships portrait photograped to hang in the cabin of my new sailing boat. What name could she now get but Nelly Mathilde ? That photo of the ship's portait, after 54 years, still hangs in the saloon of the sailing boat Nelly Mathilde. Knut AspregenCREWHANDBOOK :- Crewmembers of "Nelly Mathilde" are often young students aiming a career in the maritime sector (navy, merchant navy, yachting and keen to sail and experience an old gaffer).On arrival on board each crewmember receives a crewhandbook giving full information on the boat, on life on board (watchkeeping, safety procedures and on various aspects of maritime culture (rope and sailhandling etiquette, first aid, etc).The welcoming words of this hand book read as follows :" To all new crewmembers joining "NELLY MATHILDE"" I wish you a hearty welcome aboard Nelly Mathilde - an old gaffer with a lot of traditional adventures behind her -" This handbook aims to help you familiarise yourself with the boat, with life on board and with the safety procedures -" I thank you for helping to make life for your fellow crewmembers as comfortable and pleasant as you would wish for yourself -" Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have questions, remarks or suggestions -" I hope in helping Nelly Mathilde add new miles to the many already acculated on her log, you will have fun and a great time.Luc CarlierSkipper- Under the heading Watckkeeping- Expect The Unexpected"When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience of nearly forty years at sea, I merely say uneventful. Of course, there have been winter gales and storms and fog and the like, but in all my experience, I have never been in a accident of any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and have never been wrecked, or was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort." From a presentation by E.J. Smith, 1907On 14th April 1912, the R.M.S. Titanic sank with the loss of 1500 souls, one of which was its Master, Captain E.J. Smith.OLD GAFFERS ASSOCIATION (U.K.)- "Nelly Mathilde" is registered with the Old Gaffers Association (U.K.) n°1520. She was present on various international festivals and events related to traditional boats.MAJOR REFIT :- After over 45 years (some of intense activity) "Nelly Mathilde" really deserved the major refit witch started in 2009 and is due to be completed by the summer 2013.A SEARCH IN THE ATLANTIC :(Extract World Cruising Club Magazine - winter 99/2000)ARC 99The steady progress of the feet was interrupted on 6 December when a mayday message went out from a non-ARC yacht Jagermeister after skipper Petter Noreng went overboard during the night. The safety net aspect of the ARC came into action as Mazy relayed the mayday message to the Norwegian Maritime. Rescue Co-ordination Centre, before putting out a call on the ARC radio net. Barefoot, Sonja, Nelly Mathilde and Hildring were joined in the search along with two aircraft from the US Coastguard. After 18 hours in the water Petter was picked up by Hildring who looked after him before he returned to Jagermeister to finish the crossing.