'Raparee'

Merlin-Rocket dinghy number 376

Made 1953

sailing boat

Merlin-Rocket off Garston on the River Mersey, Liverpool Sailing Club c1971. © Tom Workman and Liverpool Sailing Club

'Raparee' was built by Wyche and Coppock of Nottingham using mahogany, and has a broad plywood deck.

'Raparee' is an early example of the Merlin-Rocket class of racing dinghy. This class was created in 1951 by the merger of two existing classes – Merlin and Rocket. 'Raparee' raced for many years at Liverpool Sailing Club.

Since the 1950s over 2500 Merlin-Rocket dinghies have been built and used for racing throughout Britain. The design has evolved. Modern Merlin-Rockets are wider than 'Raparee' and made of fibreglass.

Dinghy racing is thriving in the north west of England. The annual Wilson Trophy at West Kirby on the Wirral peninsula is a leading international event.

'Raparee' is displayed without her mast and rigging which are too tall to fit within the museum!

Accession number 1979.51

line of sailing boats on a lake

Merlin-Rockets sailing on Belmont Reservoir, Bolton 2008. © Bolton Sailing Club