The 'Brat' rescued Allied soliders During World War II
Historic British-built yacht to make local boat-building history
Now the Brat, which rescued Allied troops, is set to rescue local artisans from unemployment
An historic 106-year-old yacht once used to rescue Allied soldiers from advancing Nazi troops has been “rediscovered” in Port Elizabeth by two SA boat builders, who plan to use the vessel to “rescue” unemployed youngsters.
The nine-ton, 13m Brat is a Camper and Nicholson 38 Yawl, built in Portsmouth in 1913. She had fallen into disrepair – and obscurity – until earlier in 2019 when the owner offered her for sale due partly to the high maintenance cost. He approached Cape Town businessman Warren Fraser, a sailor and rigging specialist, who immediately recognised her worth.
“A client got hold of me and said, Warren, the boat is too much to handle, she deserves better. What can you do?” Fraser said...