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The Cogge Nonsuch

In 1916 Douglas P. Urry was serving (probably RCN) in the North Sea. While reading off watch he came across mention of “the Cogge Thomas,” and started to wonder what that ship might look like. He wrote to his brother, F. Wavell Urry, in Vancouver, and Wavell started sketching. These drawings are the result, the wonderful ketch Nonsuch. The drawings were later published in Yachting 1925, and Good Boats by Roger Taylor in 1977. Nonsuch was big, 56′ on the waterline, 16′ beam, and 8-9′ draft. This proved far too expensive for the brothers to build at that time. They designed another smaller version, the Coggette, 42′ x 12′, but she also proved too expensive in the midst of the great Depression. So they instead built the 40′ cutter Cresset. The Nonsuch remains an un-built ancestor to all the various cogge ketch designs, including our own 50′ Blackfish.

Aft cabin in Nonsuch

The cogge Nonsuch

The cogge Nonsuch

Arrangement Plan of cogge ketch Nonsuch

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