26’ Vertue, Tom Thumb, was designed by Laurent Giles and built entirely of Teak in 1962. Tom Thumb came to Stirling and Son for an overhaul to prepare her for expeditions to high latitudes.
Work included replacing all her iron work with bronze, patterned and cast specifically for the boat. A new teak deck was laid, she was re-rigged and a new interior was designed and fitted. The spec was to be simple and basic but to the highest quality. On completion she was transported to Germany by lorry from where she sailed up into the Baltic for her first adventure.
Described as a Faberge egg by Classic Boat Magazine, they suggest that she is ‘the best restoration of a boat that has been called the best of her class’ (July 2015 issue).