Abandoned, taking on water and finally sinking early in 1986, 'Styx' was in danger of being destroyed to recover mooring fees. She was rescued following an appeal in the OGA Newsletter and taken back to the Mersey in 1986.
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'Styx' was one of the first of the Rivers Class boats built by Crossfields at Arnside in 1912 - 1914. She is known to have won the class races through the 1920s and 1930s as well as doing well in races from the Wirral to the Isle of Man in the 1960s. Following her sinking in 1986, she returned to Liverpool and was rebuilt by Steve Roberts, 1990. She was surveyed by Roger Lorenz in 1994, reporting that 'Styx' as "good looking", "well-built" and "obviously well-cared for recently, showing none of the usual faults of her type."
A Lombardini diesel was installed in 1996 to cope with strong tides in the Conwy estuary, North Wales. With new mast and bowsprit rigged 2001 and new Dawson sails to the original Rivers plan she excelled in North Wales Nobby races. A large topsail makes for very interesting sailing. In the 1999 Conwy River Festival, 'Styx' won overall first prize, first small nobby prize and the seamanship prize, which she won again in 2001.
Gaffers Log 77/3, 86/2, 86/4, 87/1, 87/2
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Last updated: September 17, 2018