'Dart' was launched in 1912. She was one of ten Rivers Class Yachts built by William Crossfields and Sons for the River Mersey Yacht Club, and a sister yacht to 'Severn'.
She was the first Rivers Class yacht to be sold out of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club, who had commissioned the 'Rivers Class' from Crossfields at Arnside. In 1920 she was bought by W & E Wilson of West Kirkby on the River Dee side of the Wirral, remaining in their ownership into the 1950s when she was redecked and fitted with a coachroof, then re-rigged as a Bermudan sloop.
She is reported to have had only three owners by February 1986 when she was purchased by Jack Miller who bought her to refit and re-rig her as a gaff cutter, removing the coachroof and reinstating the original deck layout. She then passed to Jack's son, Nick, based in Barrow.
1912 Owned by H.V.Stowell. Came last in Rivers Class series.
1913 Sold R.M.Fernie, possibly connected with Fernie Brothers Shipping Line. Again came last.
1914 Sailed by W.Miles Forwood. Won a race and came fourth in Rivers Class series. Miles Forwood was a future High Sheriff of Westmorland and member of Royal Windermere Yacht Club. His father was Sir William Forwood, a leading Liverpool ship owner.
1921 Sold to W & E Wilson of West Kirkby Sailing Club on the River Dee side of the Wirral.
1939 Recorded as taking part in a race at West Kirkby Yacht Club.
1950s Refitted with cabin. Gaff rig replaced with more modern Bermudian Rig.
1970s? Brought to Barrow-in-Furness, owned by Mr Arthur Johnson, and sometimes in partnership with a co-owner.
1990 Bought by Jack Miller, father of Nick Miller, author of 'Lancashire Nobby'. 'Dart' returned to a gaff cutter rig. The original sloop rig with a short bowsprit was known to be hard mouthed so was not reinstated.
2006 Inherited by Nick Miller. 'Dart' was in need of refastening, some broken frames replaced and the cabin was at the end of its useful life.
2016 Sold and undergoing further restoration.