- There is KC 142 written on the battens that were in the hull.
- There is the name "Whirley" and "RCYC" on the transom.
- He has tracked the hull as being registered in Toronto Harbor in 1955 to a person "Alvey".
- She is identical to the International 14 "Brooke", a lapstrake 14 restored by Woodwind Yachts and now residing on a New York lake.
A snubbing winch for the jib. An interesting cleat under the main thwart. (See another photo further in this post.) Stringers are on 8 inch centers.
Whirly had a long jib track. The fairlead appears too big to accommodate a block. There is some doubt that this was the original gear.
The transom bridle is consistent with the metal transom bridles fitted to the L.S.S.A cat-rigged 14's.
The design has the typical transom tumblehome of a pre-WWII Uffa 14.
This is an odd cleat, sitting under the main thwart. It seems to work by pushing the back in or out. The rope leads up to the bow stem - a jib downhaul?
From the side view the design doesn't appear to be as deep-chested as the Uffa designs of this period.
The gunwhales are relatively wide and there is a mini-mini-foredeck at the bow stem.
I've sent out some inquiries to various contacts. Bruce Kirby confirms my initial impression, that Whirly is probably a George Corneil design. George Corneil was a one-man shop in Toronto who had a reputation for producing fast L.S.S.A 14's in the 1920's and 1930's.