The 5th Duke of Westminster had a beautiful, classic, wooden motor yacht which was moored at His Grace's County Fermanagh seat, Ely Lodge.
Trasna, the finest vessel I have ever seen on Lough Erne, is 54 feet in length and holds sixteen passengers in comfort.
According to information provided by the Yacht Designs database of the National Maritime Museum, this motor yacht was built in 1974.
Trasna sports a splendid ornamentation on her bow, a golden sheaf of wheat, the Grosvenor crest.
Lough Erne’s most handsome motor yacht, Trasna, is clipper style and was designed for Fermanagh waters by G L Watson & Co., Glasgow, for the 5th Duke.
When the 6th and present Duke moved permanently to the family's Cheshire seat, Eaton Hall, Trasna was acquired briefly by the National Trust, when it was moored near the boat-house at Crom estate for several years during the late 1980s.I've sailed on her several times, under the captaincy of Robert Lowry, of Blessingbourne.
It is believed that Trasna now belongs to the Duke of Abercorn and is based at Belle Isle estate, County Fermanagh.
First published in July, 2013.