From: Margaret Lawford <email@example.com>
Sent: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 1:17 am
Subject: Re: Klang
Thanks for getting back to me.
My Grandad's brother Philip Le Marquand was born in Guernsey in 1903,
then moved to Jersey where the family was originally from.
As I said, I have an extract from 'A Biographical Dictionary of
Jersey (Vol 2)' by LM Corbet, which has the entry in the ships log about
the evacuation of troops from Saint Malo which reads as follows
''He (Philip) was introduced to the sea by his father and became a
keen and highly-skilled yachtsman. In the 1930s he bought Klang, a 47 ft
yawl, and it was aboard this vessel that he took part in the evacuation
of troops from Saint Malo in June 1940. The entry in his ship's log for
the 16th June reads:
'Arrived at Saint Malo at 6.15 a.m. Spent Monday and Tuesday morning
ferrying to ships in roads. Officer commanding demolition party
commenced at 2.15 p.m. Oil and petrol dump fired and lock gates blown
up. Course N x E. 4.15 a.m. picked up J Gerrard whose engine was not
functioning properly and took him in tow. At 5.30 p.m. saw signals of
distress flying from Le Moroit. Launched the dinghy and took off two
ratings and two women. Wind strong N x E. Arrived Saint Helier at 2.30
a.m. discharged passengers and made some soup. Cleaned up the ship and
After this experience he decided to evacuate his family to England
before the Germans occupied the Island, and his wife, accompanied by two
small children and expecting a third, travelled on one of the last boats
to leave Saint Helier, a, collier, whilst he and several male friends
sailed over in Klang.
He parted with Klang in 1960.''
Hope this is useful to you, please let us know of plans to sail Klang
to Jersey, although I don't live there, I have many relations there.
Posted Saturday, 12/13/08
Hi! Am blown away to find this website!
My father, Murray L. Davis, and mother, Barbara M. Davis, purchased
Klang II in 1966 and fitted her out in Woodbridge, England. I think
that's where the "dog house" was added to create a place to steer out of
the weather. We took her across to France. My parents deemed the North
Sea and Atlantic storms too rough at that time of year, so some of us
took a ship. Dad and crew sailed her across the Atlantic, with the
family dog, Bosun, to join mum, my brother, Paul K. Davis, and me, Kate
K. Davis in Trinidad. We had her hauled in St. Lucia and that's where
she was painted black.
We lived aboard and sailed up the Caribbean, Bahamas, and ICW to
Newport, RI for the 1967 America's Cup Races. Later, we moved to
Mamaroneck, NY and dad went to work at Boating in NYC. Then he became
the first editor of Sail magazine in Boston. We moved to Newport, RI. My
parents decided to start a new magazine, Cruising World, and, voila, the
family business began on the third floor of our house on Spring Street,
a block up from the docks.
We sold Klang II to Keith (blast, I've forgotten his name) who was a
later editor of Sail. She then changed hands and someone added the
topmasts (not original) and chartered her around Martha's Vineyard and
So, I have tons and tons of photos, some original paintings of Klang
II, and many stories of living on board. My bunk was the starboard
forward bunk next to the water tank. Did anyone ever find my scarab ring
from Egypt that I dropped inside? FYI: The dinghy overturned on the fore
deck is named Pinto and was bright red. She is now owned by Nim Marsh, a
former contributing editor at Cruising World.
Subject: Re: Klang history
From: "Bob&Carole" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008
Wanted to let you know, that Pop Newman, who crewed on her in 1940,
passed away a week ago in the Isle of Jersey. He was 103 and will be
sadly missed. Your guest book section on your site is not working
correctly, so I used your e-mail instead. Bo Horwell
From: Charles Linsell
69, Kings Barn Lane, Steyning, West
Sussex, England, UK, BN44 3YR
Date: 03/21/06, 11:57 AM
I spent five very happy years as crew (sometimes the only crew!) on
Klang from 1961-66 in the time of John Robinson's ownership. I also
spent a great deal of time on her maintenance and there are not many
places from the top of the mast (varnished annually whilst stepped) to
the bottom of her keel that I have not poked at, patched, preserved and
painted or polished. Wonderful to know that the old girl is being well
looked after; I lost track of her many years ago. I will definitely look
her up if I am ever in NY.
Date: 03/16/06 Time: 06:42 AM
I was delighted to come across your site while browsing the internet.
My father John Robinson was once an owner (I can't belive you even have
registration document!) but unfortunately he died 2 years ago.
Although very young at the time I have many happy memories of holidays
sailing from Aldeburgh, Suffolk across the Channel to Holland, Belguim
and France. I believe I even learnt to walk whilst on board! If you are
interested I may be able find some old photos. I still live near and
sail near Aldeburgh.
From: Mick Hart,
Date: 02/13/06 Time: 03:32 PM
If I am not mistaken, Klang II was owned/kept for a number of years
on the River Alde in Suffolk, England when I was a lad, during the late
1950s. She was then painted white and looked as she did in the
Jersey photo. I remember well
my mother saying to Jumbo Ward (a boatman at Slaughden Quay, Aldeburgh),
as Klang sailed by: "What that boat, Jumbo?" to which he replied: "That
Ma'm is a yaaawl Ma'm called Klaaang Ma'm."
"I thought I should tell you that the Klang II did not take part in
the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 she was in fact in Jersey at the time
and took part in the evacuation of Allied troops from the port of St
Malo. The St Helier Yacht club provided 19 boats for this and in
recognition for this the yacht club was awarded the honour of flying a
defaced red ensign. Only 18 yacht clubs around the world are allowed
this and St Helier is the only one which has been awarded the flag as a
battle honour. Of the four men who crewed her in June 1940 only Pop
Newman is still alive. If you want any more details of the evacuation of
St Malo and Klang II's part in it e-mail me at the above address.
Head of Community Learning
Jersey Heritage Trust"
(If anyone has more information about the Klang's war
time history, please fill out the form below.)
Vincent Chandran <email@example.com>
Royal Selangor Yacht Club
Port Klang, Selangor
Date: 12/05/04 Time: 02:07 AM
I was born in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia. I am a member of the
Royal Selangor Yacht Club, Port Klang. They have their
It was good to see Klang elsewhwere in the world.I am sure that my club
will love to hear from you. Or if anyone is sailing to Malaysia
should stop by and be our guests. I am a graduate student at
American University, Was DC. Cheers to Klang!!
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