In 2009 a query was
posted by "gododdin" on the forum -
was given a sea kayak! Yahoo!!! Now, the kayak is a bit old (but
I don't look a gift-horse in the mouth!) and I was wondering if
anyone can give me any info about the maker etc. There is a sticker
on the inside which reads:
Serial Number: T515
Proprietor: C.M. Newell, Crogo Bridge, Corock, Castle Douglas,
Some research later and he reports - "apparently mine
is a kayak called a 'Torridon'. It was made by Chris Newell
who has now retired (and is in his 80's I believe). This is
The Torridon, a classic single seat design by Chris Newell.
A fast but stable, roomy but nimble expedition kayak which became
the first choice for Scottish outdoor centre fleets in the 70's
and 80's. Used for the first continous descent of the Missouri
and Misisippi Rivers (Nicholas Francis, longest solo river trip
by canoe - Guiness Book of Records).
"Chris Bolton" comments "I've managed to find
the text of the whole book (Mississippi Madness) about the trip
online at: http://www.ibiblio.org/julesverne/books/mm.htm
- There's an image on the cover - does that look like your boat?
It then all went quiet until 2014, when "PeterC"
is prompted to report a Torridon for sale on eBay - the seller
kindly agreed to let me copy his pictures for this article.
The original full discussion is here.
Mike Buckley - May 2014